Nuts and bolts?? help


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Nuts and bolts?? help

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Hi folks,

Here's what is probably a silly question: where is the best place to go to find any and all sizes of nuts and bolts and whatnot? I have a headlight (cheapo Xanadu off PartsNMore) that I need to mount onto headlight ears and I don't know what size bolt it takes so I was hoping that I could go to a store (Canadian Tire maybe?) and try out all the sizes. I'm pretty sure it is metric.

I also have a set of cheapo turn signals that I need to mount somehow. They have their own bolt, but I was hoping to find a way to bolt them into the holes in the headlight. Since they're different sizes, does anyone know of any sort of "thread adapter"? If so then I could simply use the turn signals to mount the headlight.

Any advice would be appreciated. These are the last steps that I need to take to actually, finally get my freshly naked wing on the road.

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Do you have a Fastenall near you? Or a Grainger? Either are good options for having a good supply of fasteners.
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My local auto parts store (NAPA) sells a decent quality and selection of nuts and bolts. We also have a store chain nearby called Agri-Supply that also sells all kinds of nuts, bolts and stuff like that.

Not being familiar with what stores you have in BC, it is hard for me to recommend a place. Maybe Ace Hardware or some other place like that? Canada Tire? Not too sure.
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Most local hardware stores (our True-Value is a good one) has a large selection - and they have a little board with sample male and female threads on it, so you can try threading your fasteners onto it to make sure you're getting the correct one to match.
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Home Hardware

Fastenal

Canadian Tire

Ace Hardware

Those would be my choices, in that order.
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Thanks for the suggestions, folks! Anyone seen/used/heard of thread adapters? If not, can anyone think of any other options?
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alastair.kj wrote:Thanks for the suggestions, folks! Anyone seen/used/heard of thread adapters? If not, can anyone think of any other options?
Okay, not as thread adapters, but I have heard of thread inserts, such as Helicoil inserts, and also of Nutserts, which are a threaded unit that can be fastened into a hole in metal so that a bolt can be threaded into it. Does this help at all?

Also, it is possible to find threaded inside and out sleeves that could serve as an enlarging device to fit a smaller bolt into a larger threaded hole, but I have not seen these in a long, long time. Mostly, if this is what you seek, we tended to make our own.


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