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Old 04-28-12, 02:38 AM
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Anyone try drilling and adding pins to a pedal?

Or can anyone think of why it wouldn't work? Seems like if you bought a pack of replacement pins that you should be able to drill an appropriately sized hole and use some force to screw a pin in since aluminum is soft.
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Old 04-28-12, 04:18 AM
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I'm just guessing, forcing or cross threading would only be good for one time. How about tapping?
Maybe tap all the way thru and pin both sides! If applicable. I have noticed some flats are shy on pins.
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Maybe tap all the way thru and pin both sides! If applicable. I have noticed some flats are shy on pins.
My knowledge of screwology is poor so I don't know all the correct terms, but some pedals I have are, in fact, tapped all the way through. The "screws" have heads on them.

Example: http://www.leelikesbikes.com/nice-pe...o-pro-mag.html

Look closely at the pedal image and you'll see what I mean.
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I get ya, tapping (threading) all the way thru seems like a good idea, one hole and a screw on each side.

I'm running beartraps right now, old school but a nice retro flare.
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Definitely tap the holes, appropriately sized for 75% thread engagement. Also, a drill press would be a must in my book, you don't want to make mistakes or compromise precision by using a regular electric drill.

The Lo Pro pedal example above is a good design in that the pins are installed from the back side and have hex heads to install, and more importantly be able to remove/replace the pins.
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^ Yeah, those style pins are what I was looking at. I guess I'll have to go see how much a tap and die set is and see if that outweighs the cost of just buying nicer pedals. Thanks, everyone.
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You won't need a die, just the tap and tap handle. Big box (HD, etc.) will have rhe tap and correct drill bit packaged together for about 10 bucks. Tap handle $10-$15.
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Old 04-28-12, 05:13 PM
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Ah. I thought the tap and die stuff just came together in a kit. I don't really know anything about this aspect of fabrication or whatever you'd call it. Thanks for the info.

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Get some locktite too.
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