Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Pensacola, Florida
12 point fasteners
I found this from mkguitar on hd forums. Probably your best advice if you really want black bolts and don't want to paint them, though I suspect you'll still scratch them with tool marks if you not real careful.
"if you feel like a project- the old panhead era black fasteners are "Parkerized" there are kits available it which you can parkerize your own bolts Eastwood ( car restoration supplies) sells inexpensive kits.
The resulting bolt has a matte black finish which is quite durable."
They do make a solid black bolt. But not sure about the electrolysis issues involved using them on aluminum and other materials and thus which washer material and loctite you'll need to choose to prevent corrosion. Plus you'll not likely be able to use the HD recommended torque settings either.
Of course I was just involved with a aircraft mishap where crap fell off in flight due to similar uneducated engineering changes, so maybe I'm being overly meticulousness.
I pickup my stainless Diamond 12 point kit tomorrow, which will go on gloss black engine covers. They look good though I admit solid black would be nice. Engine and tranny kit is about $450.
Last edited by Gary R; 02-15-2013 at 09:17 PM.