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    Hussefelt Insert

    I'm having trouble with the insert in the non-drive side of my cranks. When I try to take the pedal off the insert comes out with it. Got any tricks to get the pedal off and leave the insert in?
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    Locktite.

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    I had that exact problem, just backed out the pedal with the insert attached and slathered the insert threads with JB Weld and screwed it back in. Cleaned up the overflow and let it sit for a day and then was able to remove the pedal no problem. Just be sure not to get the JB Weld on or near the pedal spindle or threads, just the insert threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose
    I had that exact problem, just backed out the pedal with the insert attached and slathered the insert threads with JB Weld and screwed it back in. Cleaned up the overflow and let it sit for a day and then was able to remove the pedal no problem. Just be sure not to get the JB Weld on or near the pedal spindle or threads, just the insert threads.
    I tried the red locktite,I'm out of the green ( I've used it to set bearing in industrial equipment.). I may try the JBweld thing. Thanks
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    Loctite works best on good threads. If your problem is anything like mine, the threads on the crankarm are messed up because the insert is epoxied in there in the first place. Someone didn't grease the pedal threads and/or overtightened the pedal causing the insert to break loose when the pedal removal was attempted, taking some of the aluminum threads with it.

    Someone suggested to me that pedal washers should be used with these cranks. I say just use grease on the pedal threads and don't overtighten!

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    Hi all, Thanks for having this cool forum.

    I had the same problem, but I didn't belong to the forum and I buggered up the insert trying to get it off the pedal. The method suggested here would have saved me some grief. Anyway I called SRAM and they said to take the cranks to a local bike shop and they would replace them free. My LBS called them and as far as I know they are on the way. I inderstand the factory mod uses a setscrew screwed somehow into the insert. I'll let you know when they arrive.

    Best regards, Jim

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    Wow did I ever have a suprise. Like Christmas.

    My LBS called this morning and informed me that the replacement for my crank had arrived. He went on to tell me that they no longer had replacement cranks for that set, so they sent me an upgrade.

    What I got was a brand new set of Howitzer Hussefelt cranks, including chainrings and... an upgraded bottom bracket. It is the new type with external bearings. (Shimano Hollowtech II)

    I guess my choice for drivetrain stuff in the future will be Truvativ!!! I have never heard of such good service.

    Best regards to all, Jim

    P.S. The inserts are pinned in place so they will not rotate
    Last edited by okrobie; 10-27-06 at 06:03 PM.

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    This comes as no surprise to me, these guys really understand customer service.

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    Warranty! They will send you knew ones, couple of guys at my shop got theirs warrantied The new ones have a pin that keeps the insert in.

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    I just happened to have a set of the warrantied Hussefelts around the house Sorry for the horrible pic, but I think you'll be able to see the pin

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