I just shattered a #3 philips bit trying to get the bar end off. No real damage visible to the head on the bar end but the driver bit literally shattered into several pieces.
There's just no excuse for bar ends that are this hard to get off. A bit of blue loctite, but you shouldn't have to heat the bar end and still find that it's so stuck that it literally shatters a bit with a small socket wrench.
You guys that got it off with just a socket must have had one where the loctite wasn't as thoroughly applied.
EDIT: OK, I did manage to get it off. I wound up cutting the grips off both sides and hitting the end with a propane torch. And just unscrewing with my torque wrench. In retrospect, the grip probably didn't need to be removed before the torching as the plastic throttle part didn't get hot enough to melt.
I'd be curious what the rational is for using red loctite on something that is going to have to be removed the first time the grips need to be replaced. Blue loctite would have been more than enough.
Last edited by pfranks; 11-12-2018 at 01:26 PM.