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Old 08-11-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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HELP! - STRIPPING NUT HEADS ON REAR SPROCKET BOLTS!!!

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Finally got my chain & sprocket in the mail. Went to take off my old sprocket (which looks like a saw blade BTW...lol... NOT GOOD), & i could only get 2 of the 6 bolts off the hub. I tried on two more but i noticed my wrench was turning & not the nuts. The nut head seems to be stripping to where the wrench wont grab ahold of it.

Now before the Moto mechanic police start attacking me, Yes i used the correct size tools, Yes i used some "bolt breaker" spray.

Of course i am gonna get some new bolts/nuts or maybe just nuts as the bolts seem to be fine, However are there any tips or tricks you guys use to undo a stubborn bolt/nut???

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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try a 6 point socket.
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When I had problems with mine I used a torche. The heat worked wonders and the bolts came right off.
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air chisel....pneumatic tool.
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if you were using the right size wrench in good condition and the nuts were not previously damaged then you would have twisted the studs off before stripping.


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Carefull with the heat. The gear is likely heat treated and improper heating can have adverse affects.
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Use a die grinder/dremel or cutt-off wheel & grind it off on the sprocket side & always use new bolts & nuts (most of the time less than $20 for a set) when installing a new sprocket torqued to spec. A loose reused sprocket bolt at less than $2.00 will destroy an expensive hub very quickly.
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You can always find one a little smaller ( socket ) and hammer it on then use your rachet to remove it with a cheater bar.

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USE SOCKETS!!...and buy better wrenches.

U may need to use an easy-out, depends on how jacked up the head is, I would suggest staying away from an air hammer
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USE SOCKETS!!...and buy better wrenches.

U may need to use an easy-out, depends on how jacked up the head is, I would suggest staying away from an air hammer
yep...choose the right tool for the job....sounds like your method is working. let's throw some heat on that aluminum sprocket.. Let someone responsible fix it.
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go to oreilys and buy a set of those sockets for damaged nuts. bolts and buts are 2 different things also.
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DONT Use pneumatics on a stuck bolt, you will possibly shear it off. Like said above, use a 6 point socket after heating it with a torch.
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yep...choose the right tool for the job....sounds like your method is working. let's throw some heat on that aluminum sprocket.. Let someone responsible fix it.
Isnt he replacing the sprocket?
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You could also try the nut splitters that they sell at some hardware stores. If it was me, I would just cut the nuts off with a cut off wheel and replace all the bolts with new ones.
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torch isnt a good idea, neither is an air hammer...sure maybe it worked one time on ur caliper bolt, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

EASY OUT, it will either pull the nut off or the whole stud out, either way works.

and because noone has said it yet...

RIGHTY TIGHTY, LEFT LOOSEY...maybe ur turning it the wrong way
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If you can get it loose with a 6 pt put some vice grip pliers on it or buy an 8 or 10 inch pipe wrench with a small cheater pipe.
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and because noone has said it yet...

RIGHTY TIGHTY, LEFT LOOSEY...maybe ur turning it the wrong way
ok... I know your trying to help... but C'mon...
i'm not a 3rd grader.

I'll try a little pencil torch (just to heat it up a bit) & a 6 point socket. Thanks!!
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