Q Rusty bolts are driving me nuts
I would like to remove my exhaust bolts but they’ve been on there for eight years and look so crudded-up that I am afraid I’ll snap off the studs instead. Nandrolone Fodor, email
Answered by Scott Bullett, Doble Motorcycles The keys are patience and heat. Get a wire brush and remove as much loose corrosion as you can. Then over a few days repeatedly brush the studs and nuts with Bonnymans Rust Off. Don’t ride it during this process.
Next, get a small punch and a toffee hammer and tap away at the nut faces over a few days, to shock the threads.
Now it’s time for heat. We use oxyacetylene and get them red hot, but a hot-air gun and warmed up engine will do. Get a short-handled socket so you don’t put too much leverage through it, and gently move the nuts back and forth. Often the studs will come out with the nuts, but if they do snap off, Honda studs are a 7mm thread, not 6mm so you need the correct-sized extractor. Good luck.