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Impact are nice to unscrew, for screwing, if you don't start the screw by hand those impact gun will be the best tool to cross thread your Torx or Allen bolt.
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I rarely have issues with Torx bits.



Use the correct size, make sure it is fully inserted into the fastener and the head of the fastener is clean, and use a good quality bit.



When I do, it's normally because there was crud in the fastener preventing the bit to fully seat.
This...

Seriously, in decades man it's not been an issue.

Sure once in a while one starts to strip. That's a result of not holding the driver square while applying twist.

And that's RARE.
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Impact are nice to unscrew, for screwing, if you don't start the screw by hand those impact gun will be the best tool to cross thread your Torx or Allen bolt.
That is true with any fastener. Always start by hand, never with a wrench.
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Torx are made to strip instead of breaking off.
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Remember that this cover has a spring behind it. I bet it is usually the last screw that you guys find so tight and strip. If you just take each screw/bolt out completely out all the way around, then that spring pushes the plate out and puts the last one in a bind. Try taking them out evenly all the way around and see if it helps.

But yes, torx kind of suck. I replaced all of mine with hex heads.
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Remember that this cover has a spring behind it. I bet it is usually the last screw that you guys find so tight ans strip. If you just take each screw/bolt out completely out all the way around, then that spring pushes the plate out and puts the last one in a bind. Try taking them out evenly all the way around and see if it helps.

But yes, torx kind of suck. I replaced all of mine with hex heads.
Good Point.

I crack them all loose, then remove three. I hold the center of the cover to keep it seated with my left hand while I remove the remaining three screws using my impact. It's never a good idea to let the cover get cocked while removing or installing it.
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Didn't mean the kind you hit with a hammer. Those are what we used to use on Jap bikes and their ultra-soft phillips head screws, back in the day. Only way to get those xxxxxers out.

No, I meant one of these ...



... i.e. rotational impact only. Handy-dandiest little tool ever for things like this. Lots of brands on the market. The Dewalt is the best I've personally used, but they all work. You can pop a primary cover off in seconds.
I have this DeWalt and never thought of using it on the sporty but will now!
Certainly would have made faster work of my clutch pack swap.
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...but FWIW Japanese bikes way back then and now use JIS screws, not Phillips, but this was/is not commonly known and Phillips bits don't fit them right and strip the heads very easily. Can remember dealing with this way back in the '70's and having to drill the screw heads off, would not have had a problem if I'd known to use a JIS tool. Only JIS screws I've found on my Sportster are the drain screws on the Showa forks...

https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/d...s-head-screws/
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Just got a set of JIS after reading about this here on Xlforum and took a Mikuni carb apart in seconds, in the past I have drilled the heads off mikuni screws and used vice grips to get them apart. God, I wished I had known this back in the 1970's.
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Vessel make good JIS drivers. I have three of these kits and they make great Xmas gifts for my HD and Jap riding bros. The ball grip handle gives excellent leverage:

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