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    New question here. Front derailleur drama - cannot reach adjustment screws

    I am having a heck of a time adjusting my front derailleur. My bikes oversized swing arm for the rear suspention (bike: k2-900) make it impossible to get to the adjustment screws. I have tried using just a really short screw driver bit (for a drill) and a wrench but there isnt even enought clearence for that.

    My question is...
    Dose anyone make a front derailleur where the adjustment screws are on the front or side rather than the top.

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    Gene Hacker

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    Try hex bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneHacker
    I am having a heck of a time adjusting my front derailleur. My bikes oversized swing arm for the rear suspention (bike: k2-900) make it impossible to get to the adjustment screws. I have tried using just a really short screw driver bit (for a drill) and a wrench but there isnt even enought clearence for that.

    My question is...
    Dose anyone make a front derailleur where the adjustment screws are on the front or side rather than the top.

    Thanks
    Gene Hacker
    I'm not sure what bike you have, but a fix you could try is to replace the front mech screws with LONGER hex (Allen) head bolts. Then you can use a ball head Allen/hex key at an angle of up to about 25 to 30 degrees and still make adjustments. Hope that helps.
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    Some road bike derailuers have the limit screws on the front. The ones I saw at the bike shop today were for braze-on mount though

    It's alot of extra work, but you could loosen the derailuer clamp so you can move the derailuer out where you can get to the screws, adjust them a little, move it back and check, move it out and adjust, and do that as many times as it takes to get it adjusted....

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    Ill try both

    Thanks guys. I am going to try both. I should be able to get it adjusted on way or another.

    Gene

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    How about a ratchetting offset screwdriver?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneHacker
    I am having a heck of a time adjusting my front derailleur. My bikes oversized swing arm for the rear suspention (bike: k2-900) make it impossible to get to the adjustment screws. I have tried using just a really short screw driver bit (for a drill) and a wrench but there isnt even enought clearence for that.

    My question is...
    Dose anyone make a front derailleur where the adjustment screws are on the front or side rather than the top.

    Thanks
    Gene Hacker
    Would this one from Sears work?



    I had to use one similar to this on my 1997 Proflex Animal. In case you didn't know K2 once was Proflex.

    Good luck,

    Chris

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    Smile Heck Yea!

    Quote Originally Posted by CruzinJapan
    Would this one from Sears work?



    I had to use one similar to this on my 1997 Proflex Animal. In case you didn't know K2 once was Proflex.

    Good luck,

    Chris


    I think that is exactly what I need. Thanks for going to the trouble. I am on my way to sears!

    Geno

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