Loosening Stock Bolts (handlebar install)
Tried to install my Renthal UL's today - no dice. I got as far as the 8mm bolts for the clutch and front brake lever, and they wouldn't budge at all. I went until I felt the head begin to round off, and backed off. All four of those suckers are on there mega tight. Even the four screws holding the control switch pods were extremely tight. The bike has just over 4k miles on it, and as far as I can tell the PO never modified the bars, and has never sat outside. I thought to soak them in PB Blaster but it's just metal against plastic, what could possibly be causing them to seize up?
So, has anyone else run into this problem when swapping their bars for the first time? Any tips to break them free? I have an electric impact gun but my sockets are in another place. Part of me is saying "wtf do I need an impact gun for to loosen 8mm bolts???" and the other part of me is just too plain lazy to drive and get the sockets.