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I just received a tail tidy and am had issues getting the two bolts out that hold the license plate holder to the swing arm, they won't budge. I assume I should be twisting in the normal direction to unscrew them. Were they hard for you guys to unlock/remove? Any advice?
 

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I remember them being very tight, and I think they had lock tight on them too. But no trouble getting it off, rerouting the wire through the fender was the hard part for me.
 

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I had similar issues when I had to remove it to change the rear tyre.

They were just on very tight with some threadlock in there. If you've got a long-ish allen key, I suggest giving it a sharp tap with a mallet. That broke the threadlock for me and they came out.

Second option is some penetrating oil in there. It could just be dirt and other crap making it tight.

Third option is heating the bolt up to loosen any threadlock. Risky since you're so close to plastic though. So probably not a good idea.
 

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I have not removed these particular bolts but will offer that Ducati uses lock tight on everything. Even items like fender mounts that don't really need it.

If you are nervous, do like Jooooooosh recommends and apply penetrating oil overnight.

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Apply heat to the head of the screw with a largish soldering iron, that should help with the loctite.
Use a 3/8 or 1/2 inch drive allen head key to loosen them, 1/2 inch drive will make it easier.
 
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I had no problems getting these off but like someone else said put some penetrating oil (pb blaster) on there. Cant imagine that not doing the trick......good luck!
 

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In such case, the best way to unscrew them is :
- take a good quality Allen key
- apply it on the screw, after cleaning the Allen head to be sure it goes far in
- apply some strength to untighten it and, whilst applying the force, tap sharply on the key, this should break the thread locker

This screw is a steel part tightened in an aluminium swingarm, this creates a sort of electrolytical phenomena with water spread on it and that's why it's sometimes difficult to unscrew it.
 
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