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Since when sportster need all it's bolts to be able the go down the road ?
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Some folks may not have a bolt store close by.
Besides, every man needs a collection of screws.
I still have some rusty bolts and a hose clamp from a car I had ... 30 years ago or so.
Just can't seem to shake the "I may need this some day" mentality.
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what spare screws and nuts make sense
Whenever I need fasteners for a particular job, I get more than the exact number I need; in case I lose one, or whatever. Over time I've built up a sizeable number, over a range of sizes. The sizes I've actually needed. I don't think I've ever bought any just to have as spares.
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no I have a that list, I´m searching for the typical scew often needed like 1/4 x 20- 1 1/2"
or something like that. I feel much better if there are a few screw nuts etc. im my toolbag on the bike.
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Some folks may not have a bolt store close by.
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I still have some rusty bolts and a hose clamp from a car I had ... 30 years ago or so.
Just can't seem to shake the "I may need this some day" mentality.
And when I finally throw away things I've kept for several years ... I need it about a week after I got rid of it. I think there must be some kind of natural law or a pagan God that punishes me for doing so.
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Spares on the road can often be found on the bike, taken from a non critical area. Or your buddies bike. Unless you feel the need to carry spare head bolts.
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i think i follow Folkie suggestion.
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I have purchased fasteners on eBay for both my Sportster and Dyna from shops that dismantle bikes and part them out. After tearing the bike apart they just throw all the nuts, bolts and miscellaneous small parts into a lot and sell them for anywhere from $25 to $50. They include all of the common fasteners in various lengths and I have found them very helpful when needing to replace one that is damaged or lost. If you take the time to look carefully, you can get parts in very good condition.
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Whenever I need fasteners for a particular job, I get more than the exact number I need; in case I lose one, or whatever. Over time I've built up a sizeable number, over a range of sizes. The sizes I've actually needed. I don't think I've ever bought any just to have as spares.
This is exactly how it's done. Nigel gave the perfect answer, but I am going to add a couple of thoughts.

Always buy the extras in pairs, two or three pairs depending on how often you think you could need them. Just about any repair or modification takes more than one bolt. Assorted lengths of the same bolts is a good idea too. I prefer cap screws for everything they will work on, because; they hold up well to abuse and can be removed with a vise grip or by cutting a slot across them in a pinch.

If you are racing, this goes out the window. I have set up toolboxes in the past with ONLY every wrench necessary to work on a particular bike (speedway in particular), and always two of each wrench, because typically you end up needing two to do a job, or whoever is helping may need the same wrench on another part of the bike. It's always amazing how few wrenches you actually need for one machine, and having a full toolbox is just a pain in the ass to deal with when you are working between heats to get the bike back out on the track. I refuse to dig through useless tools when under pressure. Organize the tools and keep them organized, that stops the digging for things too.

Naturally the same theory went for spare parts. Only what is used on that bike, and two of each.

These guys on Gold Rush need an education in that theory. How many times have they been shut down for lack of parts? Having used the only bearing last week is not an excuse. You should have had two, and you should have reordered the minute the first one went bad.
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