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Thread: Valve cover M6 special screws: use once or re-usable?

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    Valve cover M6 special screws: use once or re-usable?

    Just checking up on whether my local (non-Aprilia) bike shop is correct: can the 5 screws that hold down the valve cover be re-used? I was advised to get replacements but at 13.08 a pop + delivery (and that's if they have them in stock) I thought it best to check first!

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    I reused mine. Twice
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    Same here. I was removing my covers three or four times already. As long as the socket is in good shape I don't mind reusing it.

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    Thanks chaps - saved a bob or two

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    the shop are talking about the head bolts that hold the cylinder head to the barrel and crankcases...

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    Really? See item 1 on this parts list.
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    No.1 bolts are the valve or CAM cover retaining bolts....if you bring up the crankcases 2 diagram, item 1 is the bolts that are often replaced once disturbed as they are sometimes stretch bolts and should not be reused.....the cam cover bolts you are talking about are fine and can be reused, just make sure the threads are clean before retorquing them down.

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