Stripped Compression Bolt/Cap

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9/14/2012 2:26 PM

I stripped the compression bolt because I accidently made it too tight, so now my bars are hard to turn, I got day passes to a local indoor skatepark, joyride 150 for me and a friend tomorrow, how do I get this off so I can go out and get a new one tonight!?

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9/14/2012 2:45 PM

File wrench flats into the sides

Modern fork bolts are Al instead of steel so it should be fairly painless

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9/14/2012 2:45 PM

Pound the next size up allen key in there.

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9/14/2012 2:49 PM

drill a hole in it.. stick something in there..then pullc and twist

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9/14/2012 2:50 PM

Tried next size up, stripped it even more, for the hole, its already straight through.

what do you mean file wrench flats?

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9/14/2012 2:58 PM

EffWoodPushers wrote:

Tried next size up, stripped it even more, for the hole, its already straight through.

what do you mean file wrench flats?

I think what he meant was, get a file and find a wrench nearer the size of the compression bolt's diameter and start filing(sanding if you will) away at the sides of the bolt to where your wrench can fit in and start taking it off with the wrench

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9/14/2012 4:09 PM

Is there still angles in the allen key slot? If so get a big ass flathead and bang it in there like so:

AWWWWWWW, photobucket no upload pic for me.

Basically take a flathead that barely fits, put it in the allen slot so its sitting in 2 "corners" that are opposite each other and start hammering, get it in there good, and twist, if needed use pliers on the shaft or handle of the screwdriver for more torque if needed.

Hope that makes sense, if you still havent got it post and ill try to explain better or get pics up.

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9/14/2012 4:11 PM

I am going to try that right now, I will bring my laptop with me incase I come across a problem.

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9/14/2012 4:12 PM

if its already a smooth roundish hole, same thing, big ass flathead that the tip barely fits in the hole and HAMMER. You'll cut your own slot. The bigger and higher quality the srewdriver the easier time your gunna have.

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9/14/2012 4:16 PM

now its just a complete circle -_- lolol

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9/14/2012 4:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2012 5:00 PM

EffWoodPushers wrote:

now its just a complete circle -_- lolol

my only other idea would be to take a hacksaw, hacksaw a deep notch straight down the middle, then use a hammer to tap a screwdriver against the notch the correct way. Like the notches in unsealed american BB. Only if you have a thick comp. bolt.

Just a thought, but have you tried loosening the stem bolts pulling up on your bars like a mofo and turning them left, while holdint the fork still? IDK if it would work but id try. I put a little grease there myself though, so I dont think it would work on my bike.

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9/14/2012 5:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2012 6:12 PM

LOL

Undo the stem bolts. Hold down the front wheel and turn the stem anticlockwise. How come no-one suggested this?? (just realised supremelylazzy did). If the compression bolt is tight enough, it would grab onto the stem so you could use the stem to loosen it.

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9/14/2012 7:02 PM

go to Lowe's and get an EZ Out that's the size of your compression bolt and get on that's 1 size larger than your compression bolt. If you need to, just drill it out, bring it to a machine shop and they'll do it for free...

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9/14/2012 11:54 PM

sbc785 wrote:

go to Lowe's and get an EZ Out that's the size of your compression bolt and get on that's 1 size larger than your compression bolt. If you need to, just drill it out, bring it to a machine shop and they'll do it for free...

Best list of shit to do when this happens. I stripped the fuck out of a stem bolt and tried an easy out, snapped it, then took it to a machine shop and they got it out for five bucks.

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9/15/2012 3:03 AM

brianoob wrote:

LOL

Undo the stem bolts. Hold down the front wheel and turn the stem anticlockwise. How come no-one suggested this?? (just realised supremelylazzy did). If the compression bolt is tight enough, it would grab onto the stem so you could use the stem to loosen it.

I did the same thing to my bike and worked on getting it off for 2 solid hours with no luck. My dad gets home from work looks at it for literally 30 seconds.......and does the above comes right off!

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9/15/2012 7:03 AM

andrew rs wrote:

Best list of shit to do when this happens. I stripped the fuck out of a stem bolt and tried an easy out, snapped it, then took it to a machine shop and they got it out for five bucks.

people will start learning that my recommendations are the best most of the time...

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9/15/2012 7:31 AM

do what i would do. weld an allen key to it, then twist off.

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9/15/2012 9:42 AM

Got it loose by twisting the bars, and because I have $0 I used the flathead idea to tighten it properly this time.

Problem though, the bears at the bottom of my headtube came "unsealed" like the read paperish thing came of and there is a spacer looking thing then the bears now.

Can I like, superglue the red thing back on?

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9/15/2012 12:19 PM

The Dust cover? if its not damaged you should be able to pop it back in.

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9/17/2012 9:50 PM

if you go to a bike shop you can usually have them get it out with an impact wrench

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9/19/2012 1:55 AM

These bolts barely need to be tightened. I learned because I liked to over tighten things often... Seriously mine takes a quarter turn basically once it catches. Take to bike shop? Anyways next time only tighten until play in headset first disappears and your good. It shouldn't take much at all unless your headtube is fucked.

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