Removing spools on Chieftain Classic

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  1. Ling

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    I'm looking for some guidance on removing the saddlebag spools on my 2019 Chieftain. I bought an aftermarket tour pack and I need to install spool bushings before mounting it on the bike. I don't have quick release saddlebags so the spools are secured using a hex head bolt (not an allen head bolt) and they are so freakin' tight that they won't budge. I'm afraid to really bear down on them. Has anyone else seen this? Should I just put all my weight into it until they loosen?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Penetrating oil, wait 5 minutes and back the bolt out. I think they put thread locker on them. You've got this.
     
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    Thanks, @Baldhead_J. I know I can brute force it. I just don't want to eff it up by doing so!
     
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    That creaky noise can be unnerving. I get it.
     
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    Success. Had some Wheaties this morning (Walter Payton on the box cover), said a little prayer, and gave it some muscle. All is good.

    Thanks!
     

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