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Stripped threads in shoe cleat plate...fixable?

Old 06-18-07, 10:53 PM
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Stripped threads in shoe cleat plate...fixable?

So, I was futzing with the cleats on my Answer carbon road shoes. The bottoms were caked in mud, and I think a bit of it got on the threads of one of the cleat attachment bolts. When I tightened the cleat bolt down the threads in the plate inside the shoe (into which the cleat bolt goes) stripped.

The plate is a funny shape since the shoe accepts Look, SPD and other cleat types. The holes I am using are indicated in red in the picture. (see attachment).

I am using a SPD cleat and there is not another set of SPD holes that I can use on the plate. Also, these shoes are basically extinct, so I doubt an exact replacement for the plate is available. If this were a mountain-type SPD shoe with 4 mount holes, I would just move the cleat to the other set, but in this case it seems like the only option is to switch to Look cleats, which use entirely different (and hopefully intact) mount holes. I don't want to buy new pedals and cleats because of this.

Having said all that, is there any way to repair this mounting plate?
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Old 06-19-07, 06:16 AM
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You can probably get a new plate. In my shoes, it's removable. If not, you could tap it out to the next largest thread and replace the bolt.
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Originally Posted by tellyho
You can probably get a new plate. In my shoes, it's removable. If not, you could tap it out to the next largest thread and replace the bolt.
I don't think the cleats them sellves would accept a larger diameter bolt even if you could retap the mounting plate.

To the OP: Are you sure the mounting plate is stripped or just the bolt? In my experience the bolts are softer and fail first.
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Old 06-19-07, 08:15 AM
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Ok this may crazy right but I have done this many time with door installations and many other items. You take a hardwood tooth pick, split in half and then place it in the hole with a small amount hanging ( bend the small end over the shoe base) out so it will not fall in the hole when you insert the screw. Start the screw slowly and then the wood will take up the space and tighten the screw. Try it it works. I learned this many many years ago as a apprentice carpenter form an older wiser carpenter.
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Call the manufacturer

I had some old Specialized shoes that did the same thing, I emailed Specialized and they dug up an old plate from stock, sent it to me and even included a spare.
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Originally Posted by SuperC
I had some old Specialized shoes that did the same thing, I emailed Specialized and they dug up an old plate from stock, sent it to me and even included a spare.
Likewise, I had this problem on a pair of Pearl Izumi shoes and PI replaced the shoes, but could have repaired the shoes with a replacement plate. They gave me the choice, I took the new shoes...
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Thanks for all the suggestions, I will email Answer products about a replacement. First, some interesting news.

I checked the shoe plate and bolt again. The bolt threads are completely intact. As for the plate, it seems that only initial revolution of the thread stripped and the remaining threads look to be undamaged. I think this is because, with the cleat in place, the bolt was not long enough to engage past the first revolution of thread before it grabbed the cleat and became excessively torqued. I just tried the bolt in the plate again (without the cleat) and it goes in smoothly and feels secure.

I'll find some longer bolts and try attaching the cleat again.
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