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Old 07-16-11, 08:21 PM   #1
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Help before I assault my bike

Short story-Changing the quill stem on my 2000 model Trek 1000. Got a new stem and was ready to go. On the stock stem the bolt is recessed down in the stem while on the new stem the bolt isn't. Which wouldnt be a problem if I could just use the bolt from the new stem but it doesn't thread in the hole down in there. It's too big. 2 sizes too big to be exact. So I just go to use the old bolt that was on the stock stem and it's to short to reach the hole and still be above the top of the stem where it will stay. I knew I had to get a 1"threaded 22.2 quill stem but what is the deal with this recessed and not recessed mess. Is there anything I can do to make this work that I'm not seeing because it has been frustrating me all day.
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There is absolutely no reason to change out the stem bolt from one to the other. Doesn't thread in the hole? There's no hole to thread into. It threads into the wedge that came with the stem. You need a shop or a co-op or a friend who understands how a quill stem installs.

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Not all stems use recessed socket head bolts. Why don't you simply use the new stem with the bolt that was supplied with it? Or if the recessed bolt is a feature you really care about, return this stem and buy one you like.
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lol ok ok ok let the public lashing begin. It's been a long day ok. When I removed the stock stem I totally forgot to remove the wedge that was still down in there. Hence the reason the new one wouldnt work.....I would like to say that we all have those moments but I don't know. This one may take the cake. Apologies guys.
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lol ok ok ok let the public lashing begin. It's been a long day ok. When I removed the stock stem I totally forgot to remove the wedge that was still down in there. Hence the reason the new one wouldnt work.....I would like to say that we all have those moments but I don't know. This one may take the cake. Apologies guys.
Ahh.... we all have those days. The proper way to remove a quill stem is to loosen the center bolt. BUT NOT ALL THE WAY. Have it stick up like 1 cm. Then gently tap with a hard tool a little and usually, that frees the whole stem and keeps the end wegde nut with the stem.
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