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    Seat bolts...WTF?

    Removed the seat to install a small rack from Rocky Mountain. Went to reinstall the seat but the bolts won’t thread back in. Nothing I tried worked. After two hours of cursing the right side one finally grabbed, the left one does not want to have anything to do with it. I realize I have very limited mechanical skills but reinserting a bolt should not require a doctorate. I’d love to have some kind of quick seat release but why would other bolts work as the stock won’t? Spending the better part of a day trying to reinstall two bolts it’s pretty stupid.
    PS: Yes I’ve read the “Mule Nuts” thread, there are two great quick release solutions there but first I need to figure out why the bolts won’t bite. Anybody had the same issue? Thank you

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    Is the new rack interfering with your seat. Sometimes I have a hard time getting them started and always mean to make some studs on the seat then use the threaded knobs I made up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterb View Post
    Is the new rack interfering with your seat. Sometimes I have a hard time getting them started and always mean to make some studs on the seat then use the threaded knobs I made up.
    No, it’s not, first thing I checked, seat goes back the way it should, bolts do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus View Post
    No, it’s not, first thing I checked, seat goes back the way it should, bolts do not.
    Remove the seat and see if the bolts thread back in properly while off the bike. If so you have an alignment issue. If not either your bolt threads are damaged or your threaded inserts are.



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    With the seat off and up side down will the bolts screw in??? Sometimes the T nuts in the seat pan are stripped and just spin instead of remaining locked in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    With the seat off and up side down will the bolts screw in??? Sometimes the T nuts in the seat pan are stripped and just spin instead of remaining locked in place.

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    That is brilliant advice Gary! Wish I'd thought of that..........




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryden-Tdub View Post
    That is brilliant advice Gary! Wish I'd thought of that..........




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    We just need to quit reading and typing at the same time Tom.

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    Not sure how that rack mounts on this bike. But if the rack shares those bolts look to see if they line up properly. Sometimes when adding an accessory that shares bolts with something on the bike the accessories holes don't quite line up. Can change the angle of the bolts before they reach the seat.

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    [QUOTE=Dryden-Tdub;975072]Remove the seat and see if the bolts thread back in properly while off the bike. If so you have an alignment issue. If not either your bolt threads are damaged or your threaded inserts are.

    Did that and they do although with a little force but not much. It has to be one of the three possibilities you suggested. I know those bolts are metric, do you happen to know the size? I’d like to try some new Allen bolts. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOF View Post
    Not sure how that rack mounts on this bike. But if the rack shares those bolts look to see if they line up properly. Sometimes when adding an accessory that shares bolts with something on the bike the accessories holes don't quite line up. Can change the angle of the bolts before they reach the seat.

    No, rack does not share bolts with seat but good suggestion, thank you

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