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On my 2000 SE one of the rear cyl head bolts is very rusty. I know I can't replace it without doing some gasket damage. Is there any recommendations of a product I can use to remove the rust before I paint it?

 

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On my 2000 SE one of the rear cyl head bolts is very rusty. I know I can't replace it without doing some gasket damage. Is there any recommendations of a product I can use to remove the rust before I paint it?

We use to use a metal prep called Ospho. It turned the rust white. Let dry a day , then top coat.
 

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HD dealers have chrome headbolt covers HD pn 32747-99 for $20.95 that you can install on the head bolts, HD also have Finned Headbolt Bridges that will cover the headbolts and you can get them in

Black Highlight- pn 43859-00 $59.95
Silver Highlight- pn 43857-00 $59.95
CVO Granite Highlight- pn61400148 $59.95
Chrome - pn 43858-00 $59.95

You can also get a Spark Plug/ Headbolt Cover - Chrome-pn 43835-98 $59.95

You can see these items in the 2015 HD P&A catalog page 568 & 569.;)
 

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Looks better! You put in a new spark plug too! I use the finned bridge on my bike and they really look nice IMO.
 

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Turned out to no big deal. A little elbow grease and WD-40 made it right. Got a good deal on Evilbay and have some toppers on the way.

Were you able to remove the bolts without any damage?

I plan on getting my bike serviced next week or so, and due to living in Florida, I have a few bolts starting to rust. I plan on just telling them to replace any rusted bolts.
 

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You don't want to remove the head bolts unless you are removing head.
 

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Looks better! You put in a new spark plug too! I use the finned bridge on my bike and they really look nice IMO.

Genuine SE spark plug.. suppose to get 10 extra horse power! ha ha! I went ahead and ordered some of the chrome toppers from evilbay.



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Were you able to remove the bolts without any damage?

I plan on getting my bike serviced next week or so, and due to living in Florida, I have a few bolts starting to rust. I plan on just telling them to replace any rusted bolts.
Read my post.. I didn't remove it. Sure way to disaster, although you might get lucky.
 

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Read my post.. I didn't remove it. Sure way to disaster, although you might get lucky.
Just learned you shouldn't remove the bolts unless removing the heads.

Guess I'll have to figure something out about mine.
 
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