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Broken part on MT 8180 looking for replacement part

The black plastic key that you use to tighten the collar around the tube broke off....I can still tighten it using pliars but would like to find a replacement key that fits the bolt. Anyone know where I might find a replacement key?

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  • knightflyer9 Nov 04, 2008

    Thanks I'll try that...I didn't think about that...appreciate the suggestion....

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ACE Hardware.  What you are looking fore is a "wing bolt" as opposed to a wing nut.  They have them in both SAE and Metric.  At least our local store does.

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  • 3. You will see four plastic blocks with four wire clips on each block. These blocks are individual coils for each spark plug.
  • 4. Use the small flat bladed screwdriver to carefully lift up on the tab that holds the electrical connector onto the block and slide the wire clip off the block.
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  • 12. Now comes an interesting choice. You can use the rubber tube over the neck of the spark plug to slowly drop it down the hole and hand tighten it or you can use the spark plug socket with the rubber collar. If you use the spark plug socket, the rubber collar will stick to the plug and you will pull off the extension, leaving the socket in the hole. A pair of long needle nose pliers will reach into the hole and remove the socket, but the rubber collar may remain on the plug and you will have to bend a piece of coat hanger with a short 90 degree tip to reach into the hole and pull out the rubber collar. The rubber collar is there to prevent you from cocking a regular 5/8" deep socket at an angle which will break off the neck of the spark plug, necessitating another 10 dollars and another trip to the auto parts store.
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  • 15. replace the electrical clip.
  • 16. Go to the next spark plug and repeat the procedure.
  • 17. After the last spark plug is done, be sure to re-tighten the 10 mm nut on the wiring harness rail
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  1. Remove rear retaining screws of RH front wheel splash shield for access to antenna lower retaining bolt.
  1. Remove lower retaining bolt.
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Mast, Power NOTE: A power antenna mast which is bent or broken can be replaced without replacing the motor and tube assembly.
Removal
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  1. Loosen retaining nut inside tube using 14 mm (9/16 inch) socket, and slide nut part-way up mast.
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Installation
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