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    How to remove cable stops, etc. on my Karate Monkey

    Ok, so the Monkey is getting a new powder coat. I would like to remove the cable stops and v-brake bosses before the new color, but I am nervous about how to accomplish this. Anybody care to offer some advice besides "Use an angle grinder"?

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    Use an angle grinder.

    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    Ok, so the Monkey is getting a new powder coat. I would like to remove the cable stops and v-brake bosses before the new color, but I am nervous about how to accomplish this. Anybody care to offer some advice besides "Use an angle grinder"?
    How good looking do you want it to be? If you're looking for a perfect finish, then send it off to any shop that works metal and let them know what you're looking for. It should be fairly cheap to accomplish.

    If you don't care so much what the finish looks like, grind it yourself with an angle grinder until you knock off most of the exposed boss. Another approach to this is a dremel tool with a cutting wheel.

    The thing to consider is that it's a steel bike and any mistakes that you make can be corrected with a welder.

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    "Use an angle grinder"?[/QUOTE]
    or a Dremel tool,heck what's the worst that could happen?I would practice on a buddy's frame first.
    I've been inside too long.

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    Dremel tool w/ a cut off wheel and then some hand filing. An angle grinder seems a bit big and risky for the job at hand.

    What color will the monkey be?
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    It's not the size of the tool...

    Quote Originally Posted by riderx
    Dremel tool w/ a cut off wheel and then some hand filing. An angle grinder seems a bit big and risky for the job at hand.

    What color will the monkey be?
    It's not the size of the tool, but how you use it, right Joe? At least that's what all the people with small grinding tools say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx
    Dremel tool w/ a cut off wheel and then some hand filing. An angle grinder seems a bit big and risky for the job at hand.

    What color will the monkey be?
    Chrome basecoat, Candy Blue with Pearl Firemist. Drool....

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    Chrome basecoat, Candy Blue with Pearl Firemist. Drool....
    Wow!... can't wait to see the pictures from the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC
    It's not the size of the tool, but how you use it, right Joe? At least that's what all the people with small grinding tools say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    Ok, so the Monkey is getting a new powder coat. I would like to remove the cable stops and v-brake bosses before the new color, but I am nervous about how to accomplish this. Anybody care to offer some advice besides "Use an angle grinder"?
    Aren't they just brazed on?

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    It's real easy to overheat the steel in a very localized area, burn it and ruin it's temper, when using an angle grinder. It's not like you're sharpening your mower blades and can just grind the burnt section away. I'd stear clear of that method if you care about your bike. Use slow speed methods if you're doing it yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikehigh
    It's real easy to overheat the steel in a very localized area, burn it and ruin it's temper, when using an angle grinder. It's not like you're sharpening your mower blades and can just grind the burnt section away. I'd stear clear of that method if you care about your bike. Use slow speed methods if you're doing it yourself.
    I had that feeling. Hacksaw and lots of filing for me. Thanks.

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    Dremel tool with a cut off wheel, maybe some grinding wheels for the Dremel and a fine hand file should do the trick!

    An angle grinder will work but it's a big tool to do some fine work. I've heard you can go through a lot of material quickly if you aren't careful.

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    I did the exact same thing to my monkey. I used a dremel cutting wheel for the derailleur hanger and to take off large portions of the stops. I tried to keep it at a low speed, so as to avoid heating it up too much. It didn't seem to get too hot.

    After that I used the grinding wheel to get them down close to the frame. Then I used a combination of a flat file and some sandpaper.

    After a new powdercoat I can't really tell where the braze-ons were.

    Do it.

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    Why not...

    just take them off they way they were put on? I'm about 90% sure the stops are brazed on. You should be able to take them off with a normal torch and Mapp gas just fine(oxy/actl torch would be better, but more likely to cause damage if your not sure how to use it). The finished product should look much nicer than the angle grinder or dremel tool. If the steel heats to a dull red thats about the limit for the heat you would want to apply. I would heat the braze on and not the tubes to be safer. Remember, the Surlys aren't exactly made of thin wimpy tubes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    Ok, so the Monkey is getting a new powder coat. I would like to remove the cable stops and v-brake bosses before the new color, but I am nervous about how to accomplish this. Anybody care to offer some advice besides "Use an angle grinder"?

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