Last week I added the soft plastic Tusk hand protectors to the aluminum...uh...guards and the odd ball sized allen bolts gave me fits. About the same time my new Eagle-Mike front forks brace came in and I had fits with the odd sized bolts again.
5mm was too sloppy and we all know how easy it is to round out the end of the wrench and chew up the inside of the bolt, eh ?? 5.5mm was too big and wouldn't fit. I have 2 sets and tried both. I also tried the SAE wrenches and none were even close. Hmmm.......??
I did say some bad words.....and a few more when I tried getting those stubborn bolts out of the handlebars....but they did come.
Sooo.....I did some Koostum engineering......
I very, very carefully filed down an extra 5.5mm allen wrench to precisely fit my oddball allen bolts and it did the job just fine. Precision Lar.
But it bugged me. Who ever heard of oddball commercial sizes and from 2 highly respected suppliers ?? Later that night I couldn't stand it and went out with flashlight and micrometer. (what I should have done to begin with)
Well, my 5.5mm wrenches were just about right....but the 5mm's miked at 4.8mm and 4.85mm. Have you ever heard of such a thing ?? Nor have I.
What Fun, eh ??............Lar.