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    Stripped Rotor Bolt...How do I get it out?

    I saw some rust around my rotor bolts, so I decided to take them off, clean the disc, then replace the bolts. Of course, one bolt won't move, and I've stripped it smooth. I tried drilling it out, but I've only got a hand drill so I can't seem to drill it out very fast. What do I do now? Cut a flat cross-wise slice through it, then try to turn it with a blade?
    This happened once before, and I took the wheel in to a bike mechanic, and the bugger just turned the thing out with an allan key, no problem. I've tried and tried and tried, but no dice.

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    Hit it with penetrateing fluid or WD-40 for a bit then give it a go again.

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    lightly tap in a torx head of just the right size and back it out

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    You can cut off the head and grab the remaining post with a pair of vice grips. You can cut flats on the side so you can grab at it. You can cut a slot in the head and use a screwdriver. You can tap in a slightly larger torx/allen. You can use an easy-out.

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    I think I'm going to drill the head, right down to the body of the screw. It should just pull off if I do that. If that doesn't work, I'll try the other cuts. What sort of cutter would work? is there a small cutter with a round blade that I could use for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayzonk
    I think I'm going to drill the head, right down to the body of the screw. It should just pull off if I do that. If that doesn't work, I'll try the other cuts. What sort of cutter would work? is there a small cutter with a round blade that I could use for that?
    That should effectively 'cut' off the head just fine - just use a bit slightly larger than the threads
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by XSL_WiLL
    You can cut a slot in the head and use a screwdriver.
    +1 on that one... did it once myself. If you have a flathead attachment for a little mini-ratchet drive, it will give you all the leverage you need... also maybe a soldering iron to heat up the threadlocker could help.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayzonk
    I think I'm going to drill the head, right down to the body of the screw. It should just pull off if I do that. If that doesn't work, I'll try the other cuts. What sort of cutter would work? is there a small cutter with a round blade that I could use for that?
    Dremel would be perfect

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    It's time to be a WW. Run 3 bolts LOL

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    Dusthuffer wins this one! Tapped in the torx head with a mallett then I just attached the torx wrench and torqued it out - no problem! Came out in 5 seconds! Thanks Dusthuffer!!

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    the safe method would be to use a bolt extractor kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayzonk
    Dusthuffer wins this one! Tapped in the torx head with a mallett then I just attached the torx wrench and torqued it out - no problem! Came out in 5 seconds! Thanks Dusthuffer!!
    I cribbed that move from trailbait, gotta give credit where credit is due.

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    There's a, uh, bolt remover for drills somewhere...

    http://www.4grabit.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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