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Anodised bolts to finish off your rebuild

Write By: Bike Mods Published In: How To Created Date: 2014-09-05 Hits: 2600 Comment: 0

Anodised bolts are a great way to complete any restoration or rebuild no matter what colour your motorcycle is.

If you are building or restoring a motorcycle, you may have seen or heard about anodised bolts but have been wondering what all the fuss is about. Maybe you would like to know what colour you can get anodised bolts in, or what material they are available in. Hopefully this post will clear some of your questions up regarding anodised nuts and bolts.

red anodised bolts set

The first decision (and maybe the most important) is what material the bolts should be manufactured from. If you are looking for anodised bolts your choices are basically limited to aluminium and titanium. This is due to the fact that not all metals can be anodised.
If the bolt is to be used in a high stress application such as disk bolts or suspension mounts, Titanium should be used as it has a higher tensile strength. If you are fastening dials, faring or the petrol cap for example, aluminium bolts can be used.
The other important consideration when choosing the type of anodised bolts is the colours that are available in the different materials. Generally speaking aluminium bolts will have a larger range of colours than the Titanium counterparts. This should however not interfere with your safety considerations, if the required colour is not available in titanium for a high stress application, rather opt for a silver or alternative available colour.
Some people may wish to avoid bolts that are anodised a colour and opt for the normal silver colour. This is especially true when doing original restorations and vintage reproductions. Even in this case, the plain silver anodised bolts will have an advantage over conventional steel bolts, and that is they do not rust. 
Rust is not an issue using bolts that are anodised because of the specialised chemical process they are put through. With out getting into the process of anodising too much, the parts are dipped into a chemical solution with electricity flowing through the solution and parts. This process also chemically hardens and seals the metal, which is why it will not show signs of rust or tarnishing after being anodised.

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