Here's an issue I hadn't imagined would be a factor, as I take it as a given that a bolt or nut of a given size is going to fit what it is supposed to fit.
Well, most of the time, I suppose, but in the recent reassembly of tupperware on my LT, after 36K maintenance and mods, I had a devil of a time now and then getting the 5mm stainless steel screws to thread into the U-bolt fasteners that typically hold the tupperware on. Some fit fine, others were just impossible to get the threads started. GRRR! Nuts and bolts that used to fit now don't ????
The only thing that would help was running a threading tap through the U-bolt, and running a die down the bolt threads. Stainless steel is very tough, and the die was removing a barely perceptable amount of metal from the bolt threads! Even then, the seemed to fit very tight!
Interesting, so I tried some of the old style black anodized steel screws from my RT project, and VIOLA! they threaded easily into the same U-bolts that the stainless bolts would not start in!
Has anyone else experienced frustration when replacing standard bolts with stainless steel? I suppose there are variations from one manufacturer or to another, as everything has tolerances....but I wonder if the supplier who proved the stainless steel bolt kit to the previous owner, who accomplished the stainless steel conversion, might have sourced the kit from China ??
Accordingly, I will have some caution about converting any other bike to stainless!