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Park Internal Seat Clamp stuck in carbon frame - I have googled & called Park

Old 05-15-15, 11:43 AM
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Park Internal Seat Clamp stuck in carbon frame - I have googled & called Park

Hi guys.

This morning I was putting the PARK ISC-4 into a kestrel frame and this happened. I did not clamp down all the way. I was giving soft tugs on the tool every turn so that I did not over tighten. I loosened the tool up completely to remove it and further inspect the seat tube and it did not want to come out. I called Park and as per their advice, I removed all parts of the tool that I could and now it's just the rod and the plates inside. It isn't hard wedge, it can be moved around. The collar of the seat post also slid down. It can be pressed back into place when you tip the bike upside down, but the lower part of the tool is still stuck. I've included some pictures, forgive the mess.

*Also, no I am not wrenching in flip flops.



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Old 05-15-15, 11:57 AM
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have you try putting water or alcohol into the frame to make the plug slippery ?
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Old 05-15-15, 12:24 PM
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I have not. I'll spray some down.
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I'm not familiar with the tool but if the plates are loose they could have tipped up to go past the obstruction and now won't come out past it - much like a bushing puller.
Can you either push a wire like a coat hanger down to tip the plates or put a hook on a wire and use it to pull the plates into position to go past.
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I got it out! I took the advice here and I sprayed some alcohol and stuck a spoke down there and tried to flatten the plates but still nothing. My solution was to get the plates wedged (I pushed it down to where the seatpost narrowed) and I crabbed the post firmly and twisted to try to expand the plates. I was very gentle because the plates were butting up against very thin carbon. I tightened and loosened a few times, heard a click and it pulled right out. Now I can go lie down. I was kind of worried I ruined my bosses' new bike! Now I have it clamped in the stand on the top tube under two layers of bubble wrap.

Thanks guys!
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glad you got it out .
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