2004 GL1800 Tamper Proof ignition bolts?


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2004 GL1800 Tamper Proof ignition bolts?

Postby gof » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:24 pm



I am trying to replace the lower half of my ignition switch, but there are impossible bolts on it. They are made to go in not out. Does anyone know how to get these bolts out?



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GL1800 Ignition Switch internal photos

Postby gof » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:14 pm

plastic switch assembly with spring that provides spring action to key insert.
plastic switch assembly with spring that provides spring action to key insert.
Bottom of ignition tower
Bottom of ignition tower
gof wrote:I am trying to replace the lower half of my ignition switch, but there are impossible bolts on it. They are made to go in not out. Does anyone know how to get these bolts out?


Solution: Vise grips applied correctly. Here are some photos of the internals of the ignition switch.

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Re: 2004 GL1800 Tamper Proof ignition bolts?

Postby Bamaeagle » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:29 am

I have heard of people having to drill these bolts out. You can replace with regular bolts or get OEM ones.
I have never had to do it though.

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Re: 2004 GL1800 Tamper Proof ignition bolts?

Postby gof » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:52 am

Bamaeagle wrote:I have heard of people having to drill these bolts out. You can replace with regular bolts or get OEM ones.
I have never had to do it though.

Hope all goes well in your task.


I think others will be able to simply use visegrips as I did, or at worst file the edges slightly to get a flat surface to grip on. They are not torqued in very much.

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Re: 2004 GL1800 Tamper Proof ignition bolts?

Postby themainviking » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:31 am

Perhaps drill the center of the bolt head and use an E Z out, or one of the toothed grip tight sockets for bolt heads that have been rounded. I keep lots of these type of tools around to help me fix other mechanics mistakes, :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 2004 GL1800 Tamper Proof ignition bolts?

Postby thrasherg » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:09 pm

I have only ever succeeded in drilling them out, usually the bolts are in a recessed hole so you can't get pliers or grips onto the head.. I just drill them out and use regular allen head bolts afterwards..

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