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    Broken Valve Stem

    Riding down one of my favorite trails tonight i bumped my shock valve stem with my knee while pedaling and it sheared right off, valve stem threads still in the shock. I'm sure it had been weakened by my repeated yardsales down the hill over the past year.

    I'm headed to Crested Butte with my girlfriend for our one year anniversary this weekend so I need to get this fixed ASAP. Is this a part I can get from a tire store? Is this a part a bikeshop might have on hand? Do I have to special order this part? Is there something i can use to hold me over if thats the case?

    Help me please!

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    I called Manitou and they're throwing one in the mail for me. I hope I get it in time! Anyone have an idea for a gerry rig solution if I don't?

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    Well the local shop, The Gear Exchange here in Glenwood Springs has come through for me once again. They pulled a valve stem off another shock for me to use while I wait for the replacement to be sent in the mail. I'll be dropping off some beer after work :-D

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    I am currently dealing with the same issue on my Rockshox Ario RLR. How did you get the rest of the valve stem out of the shock?
    Thanks.

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    http://cdn.sram.com/cdn/farfuture/AD..._spc_rev_c.pdf

    page 73 part 11

    valvecore out ? no hex profile left inside the valvestem to unscrew ?

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    This would probably work at slow speed. At least, it's what I would try first.
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    Yeah the shop had a set of easy outs similar to what bad mechanics posted. Worked like a charm.

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    I'm hesitant to try an easy- out on my shock. It's a tool which functions best under high friction and high torque, neither of which sound to good for the air can. I'll check for the hex profile though.

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    Use a bit which is smaller than the valve threads, and just take it slow. Aluminum is soft and the bit should have no problem grabbing it, and a valve isn't tightened down hard.

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