Stripped Wheel Bolt


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Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby rcgreg » Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:38 am



Yep - I done did it, stripped the wheel bolt on the right front fork - Drat !

Anyway to fix this - Easily - or is it new fork time?

My thought was to get a die the next smaller size down and re thread the bolt, the nut grabs a little so it's not entirely smoothed off. Just wondering what you folks would do?

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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby Mooseman » Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:14 pm

Parts diagram show it's a stud. So I would remove it and put in a new one.
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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby rcgreg » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:54 am

Yeah - I saw that - but what worries me is getting the stud out - without breaking it off and making a difficult job impossible. Normally I would try to heat the part the stud is in to expand it and then remove the stud, but I'm thinking the fork part there is aluminum - and I'm not sure how that would all work out.

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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:31 am

I've never pulled a stud off a fork..so tonight I'll see what it takes.I've got a couple spares I can experiment on.

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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby rcgreg » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:08 pm

I found a thread that suggest it is maybe not all that hard, the suggested tools are;
Vise Grip - which I have
Double Nut the stud and use a pipewrench - I can't - no threads to double nut with.
Heat the fork with a torch - this scares me a little - but I guess if done carefully it could work, course if I was the do it carefully type I wouldn't be having to this at all :) :mrgreen:
Some sort of stud extractor - I'm thinking probably one of those bolt remover attachments that go onto the socket wrench?

Let me know how it all worked our for you !

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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:16 pm

I kinda got the same idea,clamp a vice grip to the stud,warm up the tube with a propane torch,tap the end of the stud to free it and wiggle the vice grips till something breaks :roll:

This is gonna be fun,I get to play with fire and hammers....ARUGH. :D

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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:45 pm

First, I'd put some good quality penetrating oil around the base of the stud (PB Blaster works well) repeatedly over a day or two. When you're ready to go, warm the fork end with a propane torch, then when it's good and hot, touch ice to the stud to very quickly cool it, quickly clamp the vice grips to the stud and try to work it out.

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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:53 pm

Aw , your taking all the fun out of it with your tried and true metal expansion and contraction physics. :ugeek:
I just wanna wail on it till it gives up :D

I'll end up doing it that way,you bullied me into it :roll:

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Re: Stripped Wheel Bolt

Postby rcgreg » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:10 pm

Just came back from the local used bike parts yard, the proprieter there showed me how he does it.

Double nut the stud
Heat the fork for about 15 seconds with the propane torch
Put the coket on the double nuts (sounds painful)
wail on it - it comes out reluctantly - but it comes out.
Gonna try that.




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