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I can't say I've ever had a problem removing a handlebar clamp. And they are definitely not reverse thread! 😂 Maybe for some reason someone put Loctite on it, which really isn't necessary. Or maybe the same gorilla at the Yamaha factory who installs oil filters also puts the handlebar on! In any case, a quality hex wrench should be able to get that sucker loose without damaging the screw. (Don't use the thing that came in the tool kit...)
 

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The riser nuts shouldn't be loctited, but they do use locking-style nuts. Spray some pentrating lubricant on the threads, should make em come out easier.
Mmmmm…🤔

No nuts involved in this situation, just tapped holes in the bottom half of the aluminum risers. The OP is having issues with the four screws that hold the handlebar to the risers, not the risers themselves…
 

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Yeah, you're right on that. But I was replying to rulejunior who was having problems turning the risers around because he couldn't get the nuts loose.
Ah, missed that comment…
 
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