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post #1 of 27 Old 08-06-2014, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Titanium fasteners

Anyone have any experience with the titanium bolts they sell on e-bay? Yes, I aware that Chinese stuff is generally "you get what you pay for". But they are so much cheaper than buying from Pro-Bolt or Yoyodyne.

4pcs Titanium TI for Ducati Front Brake Caliper Bolt M10 x 60mm Taper Head | eBay

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Also, does anyone know if the race spec caliper bolts that Pro-bolt sells will actually work with the stock calipers on an '07?

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Gotta ask, have you done all the easy stuff to bring down weight?

Personally, if it's important and I don't want it to fail, I don't use eBay Chinese stuff.

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Best bang for the buck in shedding weight is a lithium battery. The biggest potential weight loss is in a full exhaust (Ti if you can afford it).

Realistically, how much weight do you think you'll save by changing some aluminum bolts?? With all the money you'll spend on Ti bolts ..... just put money towards something better.
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Personally, I say this is an astronomical waste of time and money. Are the few ounces you may shed really going to result in any difference? What is the point of this?

If you want to shed weight, as others stated, a cheaper, easier, and more fruitful place to start is with a small lightweight battery.

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I used pro bolt titanium bolts on my old bike. Did EVERYTHING, engine, to subframe, calipers, ect.

Good for if you are that into dropping weight but better used on an actual AMA race bike. Only shed 23 lbs from the bolts which cost vs weight was a little outrageous. I think total i spent $800+ on bolts

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Good for if you are that into dropping weight but better used on an actual AMA race bike. Only shed 23 lbs from the bolts which cost vs weight was a little outrageous. I think total i spent $800+ on bolts
Agreed, and thats insane!

23 pounds does seem like a lot though. You sure about that??

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Really didn't want a discussion about weight savings. I've already got a full Ti Akro exhaust and a LiFe battery. Started looking because I need to replace one of the stock caliper bolts because the hex is rounding out. The Chinese Ti bolts are actually less expansive than the OEM bolts.

I wouldn't start trying to drop weight with Ti bolts on the sprung components anyway but on the unsprung parts of the bike it wouldn't be a bad idea to take some of the weight off. Particularly if it cost less than OEM fasteners.

Additionally, the drilled hex head bolts would be ideal. I hate those allen headed stock fasteners in that location.
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I used pro bolt titanium bolts on my old bike. Did EVERYTHING, engine, to subframe, calipers, ect.

Good for if you are that into dropping weight but better used on an actual AMA race bike. Only shed 23 lbs from the bolts which cost vs weight was a little outrageous. I think total i spent $800+ on bolts
Whoa!!! Is that correct or a typo, you lost 23 lbs from just switching bolts? At $800 I'd say that is worth it if correct after doing everything else you can, exhaust, battery subframe etc. Lightweight battery only save 7-8 lbs but is a good place to start.

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Even so, I'd still be wary with any aftermarket bolts.

There is a lot of engineering in these bikes to include the bolts. They're manufactured pretty specifically for the application. For example, some bolts are made to break, some bolts are made to bend. That's lost with aftermarket.

I mean, it's your bike, it's your money, it's your decision -- but *I* would replace what's messed up and then continue looking elsewhere.
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Agreed, and thats insane!

23 pounds does seem like a lot though. You sure about that??
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Whoa!!! Is that correct or a typo, you lost 23 lbs from just switching bolts? At $800 I'd say that is worth it if correct after doing everything else you can, exhaust, battery subframe etc. Lightweight battery only save 7-8 lbs but is a good place to start.
Yeah during my build I kept having it scaled from what I did. If you remember I even modified the rear subframe (cut and bent) to still be able to use a race tail without any fasteners.






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start by shortening the oem bolts and drilling out the centre
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Yeah during my build I kept having it scaled from what I did. If you remember I even modified the rear subframe (cut and bent) to still be able to use a race tail without any fasteners.
So your 23lbs of weight loss wasnt due strictly to swapping in titanium hardware. There was a lot more involved.

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No no no, it was ~23lbs just for the bolts, I was saying when I went through everything I had It scaled per what I did. Subframe then wheels then bolts then airbox and so forth.

Dry it was 387lbs all said and done (roughly GSXR600/750 weight) if I remember I'll have to go through my thread again.

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start by shortening the oem bolts and drilling out the centre
I have some bolts like that on my daily (not my doing)... Ti and drilled for weight.

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