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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-08-2015, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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I finally got around to swapping out the stock windshield on my 2013 RGU. No surprise, I pushed a couple wellnuts into the fairing. The one's I did remove seemed to be severely distorted.

This is the first time I've removed the windshield, and would like to know if this is common, and if they regularly need to be replaced? Or did the tech at the dealership who last removed and installed it over tighten them?
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Each time you remove/replace the windshield, you should have five extra on hand. I keep a dozen. You've got to know when to stop tightening. KlockWerks makes them with a bigger flange but I haven't spent $30 to see if they work any better. Finesse

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Warm your nuts!

Yup, if you warm them up using a hair dryer or heat gun they will go back to their original shape, don't over do it.

The way they function is to mushroom as you tighten them. You don't want them so tight that you can barely turn the screw, just snug.

The ones that you pushed thru will fall out the next time you take the outer fairing off, they won't hurt anything in there until you take the fairing off. There is a great thread in here on how to "never lose a well nut again". A good read and some good tips.

I always have carried a couple extra wells nuts/screws and also a selection of fairing screws with me over the years. They are small and easy to keep in a tool kit. You never know who may need one.


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How to tighten wellnuts. Bottom the screw (finger tighten until the screw is just seated but not compressing the wellnut) Tighten the screw EIGHT turns and stop.

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I keep several extras on hand. But i really like the thicker ones from Grainger.
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Keep some extra, lots of places have them. I replaced mine when I got my madstad. Theirs were pretty good quality (they may have gotten them from Grainger). Even if you do get them back into shape they end up cracking after repeated use so extras are required.


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Thanks for the help. I've checked out the video on how to not loose them in the fairing, and have committed it to memory.

I've bought a new set at Lowe's and we'll see how it goes. Will probably pick up some spares to have on hand.

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I switch windshields often. I buy my wellnuts in a box of 25. I usually end up replacing at least 3-4 each time I change my windshield. I also keep a few in my saddle bag. They're not very expensive if you buy them online or at a hardware store and avoid the dealerships.

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I keep several extras on hand. But i really like the thicker ones from Grainger.
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Which ones on the page did you buy?

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