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    Stripped cleat bolt

    Anybody have any suggestions, remedies, tricks for a stripped cleat bolt. The 4mm hex a bit too small to get a good grip. Tried getting a 4.5mm in, but a bit too big.
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    I usually end up having to drill it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Anybody have any suggestions, remedies, tricks for a stripped cleat bolt. The 4mm hex a bit too small to get a good grip. Tried getting a 4.5mm in, but a bit too big.
    Hit the bolts with some good penetrating agent like PB Blaster and let it soak in a while.

    Next you can try any of the following depending on the situation:

    - grabbing the edge of the fastener with vice grips
    - wrapping the allen head tool in layers of aluminum foil until you find a thickness that works, or until you decide it will not work
    - forcing a larger sized allen wrench into the allen head of the bolt
    - drill bit and an easy out bit, likely around 5mm for SPD-type fasteners

    Does the insole come out of your shoe? My Shimano MT42s or whatever they are allow access to the retaining plate beneath the insole. The plate can be replaced if the threads get damaged. I have never taken them apart but if it is safely removable, that should give you better access to the fasteners.

    Good luck.
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    1- Get a pair of vise grips on it (doubt there is clearance for that).

    2- Use a cutoff wheel in a dremel to cut a slot it it so you can use a big flat bladed screwdriver on it.

    3- Tack weld an old hex key to it without melting the sole of your shoe (tricky). use that to apply the force required to remove.

    4- Drill it and easy-out it

    5- Drill the entire head off of the bolt so you can get the nut plate out of the shoe and repair or replace it

    6- Take it to your local garage mechanic/machine shop buddy with a couple of cold barley pops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Anybody have any suggestions, remedies, tricks for a stripped cleat bolt. The 4mm hex a bit too small to get a good grip. Tried getting a 4.5mm in, but a bit too big.

    Never once have a snapped a bolt on my 510's.
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    A couple of ideas, but both are work and or money that may not fix it. azdog presented the most reliable method.

    1. craftsman makes a "Damaged screw remover set" that may work for you.
    2. Use a dremmel to Grind a slot in the screw head and try a standard screw driver.

    If you want to try 1 or 2 and don't have the tools let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelsarefun View Post
    A couple of ideas, but both are work and or money that may not fix it. azdog presented the most reliable method.

    1. craftsman makes a "Damaged screw remover set" that may work for you.
    2. Use a dremmel to Grind a slot in the screw head and try a standard screw driver.

    If you want to try 1 or 2 and don't have the tools let me know.
    I do these, or, if I am really lazy, just mash a torx head into it and turn it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Never once have a snapped a bolt on my 510's.
    which are easier to walk in too, correct?

    I got it. Just needed to clean out all of the horseshit that had be embedded itself into the damn hole.
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5bravobravo View Post
    1- Get a pair of vise grips on it (doubt there is clearance for that).

    2- Use a cutoff wheel in a dremel to cut a slot it it so you can use a big flat bladed screwdriver on it.

    3- Tack weld an old hex key to it without melting the sole of your shoe (tricky). use that to apply the force required to remove.

    4- Drill it and easy-out it

    5- Drill the entire head off of the bolt so you can get the nut plate out of the shoe and repair or replace it

    6- Take it to your local garage mechanic/machine shop buddy with a couple of cold barley pops.
    Number 6 was my last approach with the good guys at Rage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    which are easier to walk in too, correct?

    I got it. Just needed to clean out all of the horseshit that had be embedded itself into the damn hole.
    Lot of that HS out there lately.

    I got a flat on the roadie last Friday night. Had everything but my pump. Walked 2 miles home, yes it sucked. 510 roadies would be sweet.
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    Reversible drill bit, remove the head - pop off the cleat - vise grip stud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Lot of that HS out there lately.

    I got a flat on the roadie last Friday night. Had everything but my pump. Walked 2 miles home, yes it sucked. 510 roadies would be sweet.
    Here you go:

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    That looks like all the stuff you wanted for Christmas. Maybe next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Anybody have any suggestions, remedies, tricks for a stripped cleat bolt. The 4mm hex a bit too small to get a good grip. Tried getting a 4.5mm in, but a bit too big.
    Dremel cutting wheel....let the sparks fly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    That looks like all the stuff you wanted for Christmas. Maybe next year.
    WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is what I asked for (and got) for Christmas:

    NinjaŽ Professional Blender - NJ600 | Official Site
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is what I asked for (and got) for Christmas:

    NinjaŽ Professional Blender - NJ600 | Official Site
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    are you 100% sure its stripped and not just half-packed with crud?
    after taking my smallest hex wrench and kinda digging out the corners inside the cleat bolt, i was able to get the (correct size) wrench deep enuff to get a grip in it.
    even if its stripped at the top, it may not necessarily be stripped all the way down

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    are you 100% sure its stripped and not just half-packed with crud?
    after taking my smallest hex wrench and kinda digging out the corners inside the cleat bolt, i was able to get the (correct size) wrench deep enuff to get a grip in it.
    even if its stripped at the top, it may not necessarily be stripped all the way down
    Actually, I think it was packed with crud. The hex was slipping. But then I got an awl, and cleaned out the excess dirt, and tried again, and got a better fix. I'm good to go now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Anybody have any suggestions, remedies, tricks for a stripped cleat bolt. The 4mm hex a bit too small to get a good grip. Tried getting a 4.5mm in, but a bit too big.
    Try bolt extractor kit from Harbor freight $10. Cheaper than Home depot. Check it out online.

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    Few things cannot be solved with an angle grinder and a welder

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    Why the frick do they call it an 'easy-out'? It is NOT easy.
    We're experts. We know when to get off our bikes.

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    For all of you who contributed, consider this option. A nice sharp center punch, applied near the perimeter, smack it a few good times in a loosening direction. It works more often than not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22GILBERT22 View Post
    Try bolt extractor kit from Harbor freight $10. Cheaper than Home depot. Check it out online.
    Then go buy a real one to get out the broken HF one!
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