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Old 08-19-09, 03:15 PM   #1
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Chainring bolts stripped

Trying to turn my old specialized hard rock into a single speed. The chainring bolts are stripped, so I used a screw extractor which got the bolt turning, but the nut turns too. There is no slot on the nut for a chainring bolt tool. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-19-09, 03:23 PM   #2
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there is no slot for the spanner? you are talking about the middle and big ring right? that is odd. there should be slots to us a tool something like this http://www.ochsnerusa-store.com/prod...rod=CA-7130005

I would spray the bolts from the back with a penatrating oil then try the allen wrench (if you still can) using a big screwdriver between the rings to apply pressure to keep the nut from turning
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drill them out.
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if they are already spinning it is hard to drill them
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I had to drill some out of an old Peugeot. I think you could probably wedge a screwdriver in there somehow to stop the spinning, that is, if they spin when you drill.
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use another screw extractor on the backside nuts.


try holding the nuts with a pair of locking pliers.
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I have a feeling that the chain ring "bolts" are actually rivets. I've seen them where they look like a regular hex recessed crank bolt but they are riveted on the other side.

Can you post a pic of the front and back of the crankset?
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Thanks for all the replies. Yes, the "bolts" were actually rivets. I found this out after drilling one of them out. I successfully drilled all of them out.

I'm assuming I can put regular (albeit shorter) bolts to replace these?

Now on to the next project--a cassette that won't budge. Geez...seemed like an easy enough project at first.
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Standard bolts should fit and if they don't get the drill back out

I assume you mean the freewheel won't budge. If it is a freewheel, make sure you have the right extractor and use a skewer to hold it tight. Either hold the extractor with a vise and try to turn the wheel or get a big wrench and a cheater bar for more leverage. Using some penetrating oil (Kroil, etc. not WD-40) might help too.
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