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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by exRunner View Post
    Nut Driver?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    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.
    It's around here somewhere . . .

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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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