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adrianm1188
03-11-2006, 02:49 PM
I've got this screw on my ss25's VA for a gauge that doesnt want to come out. It came like that from the factory and now im looking to add a gauge. The problem is, i cant get the sucker to budge even just a lil. My allen key almost warped trying to force it out and im cautious not to strip it.


So, any techniques i should use to remove it while preventing to strip it?

DRAGON
03-11-2006, 02:58 PM
I assume it's an allen screw. Heat is the only thing that will loosen it up. Try using a soldering iron on the screw untill it's pretty hot then try to remove it. Don't just turn it one way, try both ways jarring it back and forth intil it finally loosens -

adrianm1188
03-11-2006, 02:59 PM
nice, luckily i have an iron

brb with results

DRAGON
03-11-2006, 03:02 PM
g-luck - ;)

adrianm1188
03-11-2006, 03:11 PM
doesnt seem to be transfering the heat to the screw

adrianm1188
03-11-2006, 03:29 PM
ugh...not coming out.

about to get stripped.

Can i just drill through it with a bit?

DRAGON
03-11-2006, 03:35 PM
Can i just drill through it with a bit?

WTF....are you nutz? Do you have any sort of flat tips for the soldering iron? if not maybe you can make one. The only way is heat and you don't want it too hot or too hot in a large area so you'll melt any seals. Try a hair dryer or heat gun if you have one handy if you can't get it w/the soldering iron. Soldering iron concentrates the heat in one spot -

DRAGON
03-11-2006, 03:40 PM
Oh another thing I didn't mention, since it seems to be a larger allen wrench you can try to find a metal tube or similar that will fit tightly over the allen wrench to lenghten it. This will give the wrench more torque/leverage. Just make sure it's the right allen wrench for the screw or you may strip it then you're screwed (NPI) -

Oh wait......for some reason I didn't realize it was the VA. I was thinking it was the reg itself duh. Remove the VA and boil some water. Remove the pan from the stove and dip the VA into the water. Turn the screw out. I'm positive that will work though a bit more time consuming.

adrianm1188
03-11-2006, 03:42 PM
too late. My buffness stripped it.


Sigh*....

I dont think its going to leak but it ruins the oportunity to know wat pressure im running.
Might have to send it in to CCM

DRAGON
03-11-2006, 03:58 PM
too late. My buffness stripped it. .....

If you were here I'd :slap:

adrianm1188
03-11-2006, 04:00 PM
If you were here I'd :slap:


If i were there, i'd let you do it.

ooglieboogliebob
03-11-2006, 04:05 PM
nah .. if thats the case just take a hacksaw to the allen nut .. and hack down .. (slow) ... and then when it makes a flat line take your straight head screw driver and unscrew it :)

Ares
03-11-2006, 04:21 PM
im pretty sure the plug would be under the surface of teh VA so thats a no go

ooglieboogliebob
03-11-2006, 04:28 PM
ahh .. just noticed that ... you could always try to do what dragon (boiling water ..) said and then take a straight screw driver and try to match the allen screw to it ... be better if you had like a set of small screwdrivers though ...

03TiburonGT
03-11-2006, 05:26 PM
Did you strip your allen wrench or the actual screw itself? If its just then wrench I would say go out and buy a new one and try one of the above methods but I'm guessing you're smarter than that and its the screw.

adrianm1188
03-11-2006, 05:33 PM
screw.

Im going to notify CCM. They shouldn't have locked it so much that the consumer isnt able to remove it...

Ill point the finger at them, hehe

ooglieboogliebob
03-11-2006, 07:29 PM
hah ... good idea :) .. hopefully it doesn't cost anything ..