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Reviewed by: Derringer Summers (Derringer)
Reviewed for: Red 2002 1800 VTX1800R (Retro)
Used for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating: 5
Ease of install: 5
Would buy again: yes
I saw some of the reviews here on the knobs from X-Cessories. Unless they didn't get the little slip insert telling them what type bolt to get to insert for the seat bolt (an 6mm for VTX's, 8mm Volusia's, 1/4-20 Harleys etc), the instructions I had said to get them in setscrew form or get a bolt and cut the head off it and insert the cut end into the head of the knob Then tighten down the setscrew in the knobs head to lock in the bolt. Use the allen wrench also as a lever to tighten the knob down in place more after you cannot tighten it by hand. No need for gluing the bolt in. The Only time JB Weld is suggested is when you visit X-Cessories site to download their keyknob instructions. It was all very simple and easy. If the bolt is to long, buy a shorter one or buy a long one and cut it with bolt cutters. 9 cents for my bolt. By loosening the set screw the bolt can be removed from the knobs head if you find is was too long. After reading what a few did here I think some people just go the hard way in doing it. If for some reason the instructions were not in the knob, I would have suggested contacting the manufacturer. I needed advice on the keyknob and I e-mailed Kenny and got the answer the same afternoon. You could even call them, the insert card has all that info. I'm sure they would have saved you others who Mickey moused it the hard way from getting frustrated. My key knob took me 15minutes using a hack saw and file (only tools I had), and the JB Weld worked great to secure the key into place. My seat bolt was a breeze. Less than a minute inserting the bolt (which I lopped off the head using the bolt cutters at the hardware store so as not to have to buy a pair of bolt cutters). I give the product high marks for it's quality, the way my bike continues to look unique, and these showbike knobs really look impresive. I get asked about them from all kinds of bike riders. My keys also no longer scratch up my chrome case below now that the key is also solo. I saw on X-Cessories website that the Harleys an other bikes with "choke knobs" are also using these for the choke knob. Just cutting of the mold injected plastic and sliding on the knob and tightening the setscrew down. The Brass sleeve needs to be removed if you use it as a choke knob so the setscrew directly connects to the choke post. Also, the knob comes with a brass insert which is a sleeve for 6mm bolts metric and to remove the sleeve if it is for a standard bolt (1/4-20 Harley). 8mm bolt conversion is needed for the volusia-, a 6mm-8mm conversion bolt It's amazing what you can find out with an e-mail to the manufaturers. Very satisfied user. Derringer
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