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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-28-2004, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Brake Rotor bolts

First off, the rant!

Why in the world do they use such soft friggin metal for bolts that are put in with a decent amount of torque and friggin loctite!?!?!??!!

Another piss off: They say to replace them after removal (I can understand, the friggin things are so friggin soft!), but at $3.33 each, they add up!! I'm considering less expensive replacements of a more dense material from the hardware store.

With that out of the way, any ideas for removing semi-stripped brake rotor bolts?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-28-2004, 10:02 AM
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I FWIW, they're soft on cars too. I'm guessing there is a reason for that, perhaps so they bend and not break under stress. I don't know.

Anyay, I learned the hard way too. I now buy spares before I do any brake work. They cost $3.33 because you need to replace them! If no one needed them, they'd be $.05 a piece; probably what they're worth.

What do you mean by semi-stripped? You were pulling them out and the heads twisted off? They're not coming out cleanly because of the loc-tite?
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Semi stripped means that if I try to remove it, the metal is soft enough to allow the allen to turn, but it is definitely not rounded out. I'm going to drop it off at the body shop where my friend works today and he's going to get it out for me.

Among my ideas: JB weld an allen into the bolt, or just spot weld an allen into the bolt with an arc. Darned soft bolts.
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Use a easy out! They work great. Or, the JB weld is a desent idea...




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Yeah. I used JB once before on a car when the same thing happened to me. Works pretty good. Let us know how you make out on it Mojo.
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I just dropped off the wheel at the body shop where my friend works. He says he'll be able to get the bolt out no problem. I found replacements at ronayers for $.90 per. Much better than $3.33 from bikebandit, considering there ar 16 per wheel.
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Ive about had it with soft bolts too..from old vehicles to new!! I've come to really appreaciate the easy outs while working on my old yamaha, they've saved me several times.
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Ive about had it with soft bolts too..from old vehicles to new!! I've come to really appreaciate the easy outs while working on my old yamaha, they've saved me several times.
I have a set of easy outs. I tried it on one yesterday and nothing could turn the easy out once it locked in. Darned loctite!!!

Adrian called. He removed the bolt by notching it with a grinder and using an impact driver of extra-ordinary magnitude.
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Adrian called. He removed the bolt by notching it with a grinder and using an impact driver of extra-ordinary magnitude.

My dad had a similar problem with an old tractor we had..the owner before took some bolts off, after he sprayed the ***** outta them w/ WD 40, then put them back on with the 40 still on the threads, used loctite, and also heated them up...good god it took forever to get them out.

anyways, glad he was able to get them free for you.
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This whole things sounds like a bad case of RED locktite instead of BLUE.




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This whole things sounds like a bad case of RED locktite instead of BLUE.
..that and a bad case of WTF were they thinking..!!!
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Locktite? Whats locktite? Super-glue or some good old elmers glue works for me. LOL
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I often have to use a flame wrench to burn off the loctite. It also helps to have a set of high-quality allen sockets such as Snap-On. They fit better and can take quite a bit of torque.

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