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    Rotor's T25 bolts stripping

    Just bought a new disc wheelset cuz my last one is finished. So, I take a ratchet and a T25 bit to remove the discs from my old front wheel. hmm... they're on there pretty darn tight (these are the wheels and discs that came with my bike; preassembled). I have some success with a couple of the bolts, but end up stripping two of them. Extremely tight and in the end i was unable to get any of the bolts off. In addition, my bit (which is likely not of terribly high quality) began to twist. this is when i stopped.

    so: how can i get these stripped bolts off and is this normal for discs?
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    same thing happen to me so i took it into my LBS and they use there high quality torx wrenchand took the stripped bolt right off without any problem(didn't charge me anything ) . i say take it to your LBS or buy a better torx wrench.

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    well i just took it to LBS and even they are cautious about their abilities to remove the disc given that 2 bolts are stripped. the other four are off, but there's no guarantee that these last two will loosen up.

    any remedies/suggestions for stripped bolts/screws??
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    I've had the same problem in the past. I used one of the bits Sears sells to remove trashed screws and managed to get two of the three out. For the last one, I ground the torx head completely off and after removing the disk, used a pair of small vice grips to remove the last piece of bolt. Or as an alternative, try another large shop where downhiller/freeriders frequent. They're more likely to have more experience at this sort of thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonwebah
    well i just took it to LBS and even they are cautious about their abilities to remove the disc given that 2 bolts are stripped. the other four are off, but there's no guarantee that these last two will loosen up.

    any remedies/suggestions for stripped bolts/screws??

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    ah good calls -- i'm now beginning to see the perks of sh!tmano's new saint splined rotor system. this 6 bolt setup needs to be improved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwebah
    ah good calls -- i'm now beginning to see the perks of sh!tmano's new saint splined rotor system. this 6 bolt setup needs to be improved.
    There is nothing wrong with the 6 bolt setup as long as they are installed correctly. They don't need much torque, and a sharp tool always helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwebah
    ah good calls -- i'm now beginning to see the perks of sh!tmano's new saint splined rotor system. this 6 bolt setup needs to be improved.
    take a dremel and shear the heads off, buy 6 new bolts and a quality T bit. Ive done this to a couple of wheels when I was using the soft torx wrench that came w/my avids.

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    Yes, we do speak Russian as well.

    Get a dremel, make a horizontal cut in the head of what's left from it so you can use a flat head screw driver to get 'em out. I usually put a little locktite on the bolt, but never make it tight; just enough for the to hold a rotor without play. Locktite does the rest.
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    have you tried to heaten the bolts a bit? this might help to "crack" the loctite (or whatever they used on your disc to secure the bolts). you could use a hairdryer for this.
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