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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Petcock Parts ?

I've got a 1988 Softail custom. On the fuel petcock there are two screws on either side of the lever to change fuel settings, holds that plate on and the petcock in. I lost one of those screws. Are they just standard 6/32?
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I've got a 1988 Softail custom. On the fuel petcock there are two screws on either side of the lever to change fuel settings, holds that plate on and the petcock in. I lost one of those screws. Are they just standard 6/32?
Most likely metric. Put a clamp or vice grip to hold the plate in place then take the other screw with ya to the hdwr. store to get a matching screw.
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Thanks. That is kinda, about where I'm at now.

That day I was in town when I noticed and just went straight to the local little bike shop. Some old guy runs it and sells used and refurbished bikes and I bought a petcock off him once. So I've seen his stock of "Stuff I've collected...". All of a sudden it is a huge inconvenience apparently for a customer to come in and interrupt his book reading. "Nope, don't have not screws or little parts or nothing. You'll have to find a petcock to take that out of some where."

All I can say is that shop better really be "Just a hobby to keep me busy."

Walked next door to the hardware store and they let me walk in and out with little nuts and bolts until one seemed to fit. I was just hoping to confirm here it was the correct thread before I really screw it in there the way it should be, in case it just wasn't quite the right thread.

Thanks guys. Now I'm home with it all and a little pocket full of assortment including nuts I can screw the one original screw in to test it, I think I'm good.
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Most likely metric. Put a clamp or vice grip to hold the plate in place then take the other screw with ya to the hdwr. store to get a matching screw.
You were right. Those are metric, M4 thread.

I pulled out the one I had left and tested it in the plastic nut I brought home the other day. Just about, but no cigar, so I took it to town with me and stopped to try the metric stuff at the hardware store. The M4 nut breezed up and down like it was made for it. So I got a half dozen extras to carry in my "tool" bag and put it all back together when I got home.

Went out for a little cool off ride and the bike and I both just seemed happier knowing all was right again.
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