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Old 08-13-09, 09:58 AM   #1
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How do I remove this brake lever? (with pic)

I've searched far and wide for a way to remove this sort of brake lever but I have not had much luck. Attached is a picture of the lever, apologies for the quality. It's an 80s Shimano 600 lever, secured by a nut screwed on to a bolt going through the pivot mechanism. How do I go about removing this? I've tried long-nose pliers but can't seem to get the nut to turn. My smallest crescent wrench--which is fairly small--doesn't fit. All other levers I've worked with up to this point have been secured by a simple allen bolt. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 08-13-09, 10:03 AM   #2
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I have never seen a brake lever with a nut inside. Thin walled deep socket and an extension, or possibly a nut driver would work.
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It's hard to see due to the fuzziness of the picture but the part of the bolt closest to the camera (sticking out above the nut) is the bottom of a bolt. There's no place for an allen wrench to go, unless I'm missing something.
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Nut Driver?
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One of these.
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That's exactly what I need! Now I just need to drag the bars/levers over to the hardware store and figure out the correct size. Thanks everyone.
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9mm was the size on my old Santana for Mafac levers.
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the levers I have require an allen wrench which fits into the center of the nut not around the outside
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the levers I have require an allen wrench which fits into the center of the nut not around the outside

And I have a red lawn mower!

The picture blurrily shows there is a nut and not an allen screw. My educated guess is 9 or 10 mm.
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OK a-hole it looked like an allen head to me. whatever
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The classic tools for this:



These will work also, and are much easier to find these days:

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Thin-walled deep-drive sockets will also work. I've chucked them on a lathe and milled the wall-thickness to a minimum for especially tight situations.
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