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    Stripped Lefty Top Cap

    Hi there-
    Are there any alternatives to the Shimano TL-FC32 removal tool to taking the lefty cap off for a bearing reset? I've unfortunately stripped mine (the top cap) to the point of no grip.

    Anybody have any secret weapons/etc they use instead?

    Thanks

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    Not kicking you while you're down, but.....

    If you did that, you're tightening it way too much.

    I've had the same collar for years, hardly any deformation in the "dents" after countless resets. The vst bulk of the forks I see for service? Ditto.

    New collars are $20, do note there are different ones for alloy vs carbon or bonded clamp alloy type. Get that one off with a well applied set of channel locks (and maybe a wrap of inner tube for extra grip) and replace it.

    Then, lay off the 'roids there, Captain Caveman
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    LOL!!!! Hysterical Mendon. Thanks for this. Yeah, I finally got it off. I don't remember tightening it that much! From now on though, just enough is enough!

    Thanks.

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    Glad to help, and that it came off!

    Snug is fine, arm bulge level snugging isn't required......
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Screw it by hand until tight, only then use the tool and a quarter turn is enough.

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    Thanks Dan! Great suggestion. I did it by hand only, but will add the 1/4 with the tool.

    Awesome.

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    Yeah, if you don't own the tool, buy one. Makes life so much simpler imo. I had to modify mine a little as to not have to remove the lock out button every time I wanted to remove the cap. I cut a slot in it to by pass the cable. I have the Park one and it is still sturdy enough with this slot cut in it.
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    No cutting necessary

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