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Old 30th March 2011
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I've searched endlessly it seems and cant find a complete list of bolts (length, diameter, pitch) for 77-81 1000cc sportster. I want to replace ALL (left & right covers, rocker boxes, etc) external case bolts. Going to run to local nut & bolt shop with list for stainless. Seems price on ebay for (chrome) stuff is a bit high. Thanks tons in advance. Love this site.
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for a complete set you may be better of getting a colony kit. I don't know what's available in your town but I can't find many bolts here in stainless - mostly just hex head coarse thread is all I find. for the primary and cam covers you need socked head (allen) bolts. You can certainly order them from places like mcmaster Carr if you can't find them in town. If it's just your external covers that you want them for, pull them one at a time, measure and record each one for your list.

The rocker cover bolts are listed in the parts book:
3468 Bolt, 5/16-24 x 2-1/4 hex. hd (8)
3467 Bolt, 5/16-24 x 1-1/4 hex. hd (2)
These you can get at the hardware store
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3417 Stud (4)
You won't find the right one witrh the built in hex head part way up.

Oh, look at that, even the primary cover and cam cover bolts are listed with size, length and pitch.

You do have a parts book do you? I'll send you a PM
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Yeah, go with the Colony kit. I can't remember the name, but there is also a competitor that markets their bolts in the green blister packs. The trouble with hardware bolts are several. In some cases, the correct length is critical, and a bolt a sixteenth longer or shorter can cause problems. In addition, there are some parts with proprietary threads that aren't available. Of the top of my head, I think a colony complete bolt kit goes for about $120, and worth the money.
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...your local marine supply house, instead?
This way your bucks stay in the local economy.
They always have the VERY BEST stainless fasteners, in both coarse & fine, with almost any type of head you can imagine.

As far as a complete list --- pull the fasteners you want to replace, measure & purchase.
Every Harbor Freight store in America sells those cheap (plastic) fastener-sizing boards with the holes cut into it.
Pick up a tap & die set while you're there so you can clean up your bolt holes and resurrect the used fasteners for use elsewhere.

Put in your damn own work.
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Oh yeh, Marine supply. I forgot already and it's only 2-1/2 years ago that I moved from the coast. I used to go to the marine chandler for all my fasteners, wire, switches, polish, glues, etc. But in the interior we just don't have such stores it seems. Well we must because there are lakes with boats on them, but it's not the same as living where 1/2 the economy is dependant on the sea.
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there is also a competitor that markets their bolts in the green blister packs.
Gardner-Westcott. High quality stuff.
http://www.gardner-westcott.com/motorcycle_kits.htm

In addition to a marine supply, you can take a detailed list to a local nut & bolt supply house and they can fill just about ANY order you give them, in any grade, head type (hex, socket, torx, etc.) or material you ask for. I got a complete set (I mean every single visible nut, bolt, and washer) of metric sockethead 316 stainless bolts for a Sprint. Cost me around $150.
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thanks for all the input. I NOW have a parts book, and a couple good leads for what I need. Once again, I love this site...thanks.
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Try these places for nuts, bolts and whatever. Personally I use ARP stainless 12pt bolts and nuts, they're the best you can get. These places let you buy single bolts so you get just what you need with no extras that you paid for and don't need.

http://www.allensfasteners.com/
http://www.hillcofasteners.com/

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...I have a buddy, JD, who regularly hits one in North Miami for fasteners, clamps, braided engine hose & chunks of aluminum raw material for fabbing brackets and mounts.

These places go over every plane that comes in, like an army of ants, and strips them clean.
They have bins & bins full of stainless fasteners.

Besides being cheaper than plunking down over $100 on a fastener set, there's the added treasure-hunt bonus --- you never know what kind of goodies you'll find.

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Colony Set is pretty expensive, hardware stores/Marine supply are going to cut your costs. The hard ware store is something like 1.88/Pound of bolts.
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