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buckhunt
01-11-2013, 04:46 PM
Ok, I have stripped one of the module screws on my 2012 Shadow Cat. I tried a screw extractor and it doesn't bite into metal. How the heck is one supposed to get the screw out?:confused:

Lab Rat
01-11-2013, 04:53 PM
I was lucky enough to get one out with a hammer and an allen wrench. Taping on the allen wrench while turning. But it sounds like you may be beyond that?

Arrow Splitter
01-11-2013, 06:20 PM
Ok, I have stripped one of the module screws on my 2012 Shadow Cat. I tried a screw extractor and it doesn't bite into metal. How the heck is one supposed to get the screw out?:confused:You might be able to turn it from the backside with pliers. If not, you'll probably have to drill it out. Drilling it out isn't as scary as it sounds, as long as you're centered on the screw and take your time. I drilled out the head of mine and was able to unscrew it from the back.

A.S

elkslayer4x5
01-12-2013, 09:48 AM
You might be able to turn it from the backside with pliers. If not, you'll probably have to drill it out. Drilling it out isn't as scary as it sounds, as long as you're centered on the screw and take your time. I drilled out the head of mine and was able to unscrew it from the back.

A.S

Of course, your mileage may vary, its very hard to hit the exact center of a messed up screw, try an 'Easyout' a size or 2 small than your screw, that way you won't need to hit the exact center, you'll need just enough hole to get the easyout tool into the drilled hole. Work slowely and carefully. Good luck. :)

TEN RING
01-12-2013, 04:48 PM
Use a heat gun or a blow dry to heat it up once you have it nice and hot use a 1/16" drill bit from the opposite side of the head as you drill the bit should bite and ran the screw back out

bob cooly
01-12-2013, 09:25 PM
When all else fails try a left hand drill bit, before you work harden the screw too much, some quick heat will help. only heat the area around the screw head and not the head itself.

Don B
01-13-2013, 07:18 AM
I have had to drill out 3 screws from 2 Shadowcats. Soft low grade screws are used from the factory which strip out real easy.
What I did was use a drill bit just large enough to drill out the head, matched the taper on the module, remove module then you should be able to grab the remainder of the screw with pliers.
I replaced my screws with high grade stainless steel screws.
Don.

buckhunt
01-14-2013, 08:40 PM
Thanks all! I will try heating and drilling out from the back side. Thought the heat might work.

mxtuner1
01-21-2013, 08:29 AM
I have found stripped screws on modules before. I always thought I could with a "little" more knuckle scraping pressure get them to "let go" and then totally ruined them. While trying to justify it wasn't my fault in my mind (was though) I ended up getting out my Dremel tool and CAREFULLY cut a groove in the top of the screw without hitting the module and then using a good (non China) made screwdriver flat blade and pressing firmly before twisting and getting the screw out. Then my friend MBXXX sent me some stainless replacement screws and never had problems since.

jdduffy
01-26-2013, 02:35 PM
when you do get them out go right to home depot and replace them with stainless phillips heads.way easier to work with.the size of the allen key is a joke,a couple of pounds of torque strips them out.

bfisher
01-26-2013, 05:43 PM
Buckhunt,

What you have is a common problem but a pain none the less. The best way to handle this is to use a hand drill and about a 3/16" drill bit. Just drill into the orginal hex hole that's stripped. Drill deep enough and the head will come right off the threaded portion. Remove the module and turn out what's left with a pair of pliers. No need to drill into it from "the back" as it is hard to get centered and you take the chance of messing up the threads in to cam.

When installing a new screw, whether carbon steel or stainless, put some bowstring wax under the head (between the head and the module) and on the threads, This should help keep the screw from freezing to the aluminum module. You must do this with stainless as it galls to aluminum even worse than carbon steel.

buckhunt
01-27-2013, 07:33 AM
All great help. Bfisher, I always wondered how to keep metal on metal from freezing. Have that problem on my v-bar connections. Not anymore!