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for some reason the factory uses red locktite on them - if you heat the ends up carfully with a torch or heat gun, that will help to loosen it, but be careful not to melt the grips :) You can also try an impact wrench - the manual kind that you hit with a hammer - they cost like $10, but be careful not to strip the head of the screw
 

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heat them first and then use an impact hammer, otherwise you'll strip the head and then you'll need to cut them off.
 

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i heated it up with a heatgun for about 2 minutes.
used a big screwdriver (pretty long too)
and got it out.

just gotta get that loctite heated up and it's pretty easy there on.
 

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Just to clarify, you don't need an impact driver. It does however make it easier to come off.
Good heat will get the job done, with a big enough head on a philips screwdriver.
 

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7 years later and still usefull

I know this is an older post, but it helped me just now! The screws where nearly all the way stripped, I used a kitchen torch and went at it for at least a minute then used a power drill. It finally came off and I was so relieved.
 

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Torches, heat guns, impact hammers? I used my socket set and a little elbow grease. Really not that hard!
It is to hard. But I did mine the same way. That Jap Locktite is like our red. I reinstalled them with Locktite BLUE. The same crap is on the cam chain tensioner.

Bill
 

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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.
 
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