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Old 08-08-2007, 08:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have stripped the nut that holds one of the rear footpegs, what's the easiest way to remove it please.
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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pair of vice grips?
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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the way to do that would be to buy the handy tool known as the "nutcracker" it encircles the nut and applies a sharp edge and it breaks it.
not having one of those, I would dremel into 1 side till the nut could be removed. the most basic form of all these methods would be to chisel it off with a sharp tool and a steady hammer hand. and go easy there mongo, those smaller fasteners dont need to be really cranked on
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the way to do that would be to buy the handy tool known as the "nutcracker" it encircles the nut and applies a sharp edge and it breaks it.
not having one of those, I would dremel into 1 side till the nut could be removed. the most basic form of all these methods would be to chisel it off with a sharp tool and a steady hammer hand. and go easy there mongo, those smaller fasteners dont need to be really cranked on
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Ditto on all that.Cutting it off is really the best solution. In all likelihood you will have damaged the thread on the peg too.
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I'd use a Dremel too, but I wouldn't cut all the way through the nut. Cut just deep enough to avoid the bolt thread. If the nut is hard against another surface just cut it on a diagonal. Then you'll usually find that the application of a pair of mole grips will spin the thing off, leaving the bolt unharmed.

Seized nuts can be quite a pain can't they? (This is probably a pathetic pun that only English guys will understand!)
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Once you get it fixed, buy yourself a set of open/closed end wrenches where the closed end is hinged and has a ratchet drive. I use one (12mm) when removing and replacing the footpegs, and it makes it really easy, since you can work around the shocks. The ones I purchased were from Sears, and are called Flex Gear Wrenches. There's nicer ones, but these work for me.
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For removal of the stripped nut, I'd give it a shot with a set of Vice Grips first, maybe soaking the threads with WD40 or a commercial rust dissolver (cannot think of the name of the stuff). If that doesn't work, go to the next step, cutting it off, as the others have outlined. Unless it's really rusted, those nuts aren't torqued that high.

The footpegs themselves are 'pinned' to their sideplates, and won't rotate until the nut has been loosened 4-5 turns, so that's some help when you're attempting to get the stripped nut off.

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Stripped nut

Did you have an waxing accident at the beauty parlor?
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Did you have an waxing accident at the beauty parlor?
Ha ha ouch!!!!!!

Thanks for the advise, I've tried the vice grips and soaking it in WD40 etc, I guess I go with the dremmel. Time to go to the hardware store and buy one.

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they may have the nutcracker tool at Pep boys or similiar places.
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Quick question - do you mean stripped or rounded?

Stripped meaning the thread is stripped and the nut just spins and wont come off

Rounded means you have mashed up the nut so a wrench or socket just slips off

If it s the former you will have to cut the nut off and deal with likely damaged threads on the peg. If tis the latter then vise grips and or cutting or even one of those (get a rounded nut off) sockets will likely work.
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