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I just purchased my first bike in November 2006 Boulevard M50. I purchased Saddle bags and a Sissy bar as add ons' but I am have great difficulty attaching the bag frame and sissy bar. The OEM bolts are too short to accommodate the extra length I need. OEM are 8M-1.25 x 45mm. so I went to the hardware store and estimated I would need 65 or 70mm length bolts. Only thing I could find was hex head bolts and they won't screw in to the front machined nut (rear nuts are free so they are not a problem. Any ideas? Thanks.
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I've always found that taking one bolt with me to get an exact match works best. My local Ace Hardware has a large variety of special metric bolts with different heads.
Try threading the bolt from the back side to see if you may not have had it quite straight.
FYI...only take out one bolt at a time, makes it alot easier to get lined up.

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Google FASTENAL. They are a national chain that specializes in all types/grades of nuts and bolts and a million other fasteners. If your local store doesn't carry exactly what you need, they can usually order it in in less than 24 hours. Consider stainless steel hardware. Anything exposed to rain will eventually rust.



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remember on my 04 vol I had an issue getting one of the bolts back in no matter how hard I tried...didn't happen all the time, just this one time...anyway ended up just using a bolt slightly thinner than the original that would go right thru the hole that the other bolt scrwed directly into...secured it with a nut in the fender, it didn't interfere with the tire and never had any more isuues.

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Been a while since i had my Suzuki but if i remember correctly, the front bolts were a pain to re-install. Leave the back ones real loose and tip the fender up and down and you'll finally get them to thread. Oh yeah, your tongue has to be out a bit as well!



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There are vendors on ebay that sell them for a reasonable price. I recently got a couple for a pair of saddlebag bars that did not come with the correct length bolts. Try searching ebay for M8 70mm Button Head Bolt or the like.


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Another idea would be to taper the ends of the bolts slightly using a grinder. This will help self-center them. Be sure to run them through a thread die after you've ground them down to insure a good starter thread.
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