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Not a common problem, but an issue that I came across this morning when doing a Tail Tidy job I thought worth mentioning.

Sussed it out and made a plan, OK, first up was to remove the four screws that hold the fender on, all OK, disconnected the indicator wiring and removed the fender.

Then tried to loosen the two screws at the back that hold the under plate to the fender, Damn, you guessed it, turning counterclockwise and the screws just kept turning without coming out, I could feel the lumpy resistance as the brass nuts in the fender turned in the plastic shrouds.
Much thinking and trying of different ways to grip the shrouds and hold the brass nuts, but to no avail.

In the end I had to use brute force to break the shrouds away from the fender, nut and all.
Lucky that they broke off flush with the fender.

I had a devil of a time trying to hold those broken off shrouds so the brass nuts wouldn't turn when finally loosening the screws.
To be expected, it was then that I discovered that those two screws had been fitted using a nice RED thread locker, Red thread locker normally means Super Strength. Damn, and this one worked very well.

Anyways, all good now, had to fix those shrouds back onto the fender (16 hours curing time) before I could go ahead and re-assemble the rear end.

So, it ain't a good idea to use RED Thread locker on anything that screws into anchor nuts in plastic.

Very few of you would do this, I know, but for the new player, beware, those screws will have to come out one day,,, LOW Strength thread lock is all they need.

Not a common problem, just as well.

( For your info,If anyone does ever have to repair Plastic parts, I found that Areldite Ultra Clear does a pretty good job. )
 

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I fabricated my own tail tidy from the template that one of the other members posted. I guess I was lucky, my screws came out without breakage, but I agree that red lock-tite might have been a bit of overkill on those little screws. Maybe the red thread locker is different in Thailand..........
 

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A handy trick (although maybe not with plastic parts) is to heat the bolt or nut to loosen any loc tite that might be on the nuts/bolts.
 

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I believe Elvisto applies the tip of a soldering iron to the bolt head, that might be the way to go in this case.

Sarah
 

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Too right Sarah, good advice and a great tip.
Pity I didn't wake up to the fact that RED thread lock had been used prior to pushing the limits.
 
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