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    Vxr handle bar plastic?

    Ok first off I am trying to take the handle bar plastic off the vinyl dye it and I have managed to get the 3 of the 4 machine screws attaching the bottom plastic to the handle bars and one damn screw decided to strip out and I have tried everything. I can't get it to budge. I seen on the others that they had red loctite on them and was like Wtf why is that needed? I even managed to break a brand new $11 #3 Klein screwdriver in the process from using my hands. What am I doing wrong? Anyway is there a need for them 4 or can I drill the head off and use 3?


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    Well it came out after I drilled the head off and heated it up and used vise grips to remove it.
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    I had the same problem and stripped 2 of them. I just said eff it and left them on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STUNNA View Post
    I had the same problem and stripped 2 of them. I just said eff it and left them on.
    I was hoping you or 1200 would chime in as you two have been the only ones I seen to do this kinda stuff. I removed the grips as well and I am hoping that my ODI grips will work on stock handle bars.

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    Just saw this post ..sorry so late. I used a #3 screwdriver that was about 14" long just to get leverage. I installed with new similiar hardware but allen head instead. I used krylon fusion paint. 3 coats. Do not attempt to paint the center....i did and after a week in the sun i thought it was dry.....well it wasn't... tried a few other types of paint and because of composition/ material it just doesn't stick...

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    I noticed that center pad wasn't painted on yours anymore. Even if it did dry that piece is soft and flexes so Id guess any paint that adhered to it would crack in a short amount of time.

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    I would've used an easy out as soon as I stripped it

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    Quote Originally Posted by STUNNA View Post
    I noticed that center pad wasn't painted on yours anymore. Even if it did dry that piece is soft and flexes so Id guess any paint that adhered to it would crack in a short amount of time.
    Thats cuz all the paint ended up on the inside of my cover.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1200 stx-r View Post
    Just saw this post ..sorry so late. I used a #3 screwdriver that was about 14" long just to get leverage. I installed with new similiar hardware but allen head instead. I used krylon fusion paint. 3 coats. Do not attempt to paint the center....i did and after a week in the sun i thought it was dry.....well it wasn't... tried a few other types of paint and because of composition/ material it just doesn't stick...
    Yeah my #3 Klein just shattered, had to use impact bits on my impact. From what I have used of the vht vinyl die I think I might be able to get somewhere with it. I removed the center piece from the plastic.

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    Started the 3 stage paint (prep, promoter, and then vinyl dye). Used a fine grit sand paper and lightly sanded as I have adhesion promoter and is not needed. Used VHT prep spray, wiped down, set 10 minutes, sprayed adhesion promoter, set 30 minutes, sprayed topcoat set 10 minutes, sprayed second coat, set 10 minutes, sprayed last coat and awaiting cure.

    Removed alot of other plastics and added my ODI grips. By the way these grips are amazing already.
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