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Primary screws rounded out - remedy!

Lots of you guys probably well know this - but it surprised me yesterday so thought I'd post here in case others are down on my "handy" level.

I was changing all three fluids yesterday, and as I haven't done in a LONG time - rounded out the heads of two screws on my derby cover. Couldn't get them out w/ impact driver or anything. A buddy had done the same thing recently and got his out by drilling out the screws. I was afraid to try because didn't want to risk getting metal inside . . . but what I didn't realize was drilling off the heads let me pull off the cover - then a LOT of screw shaft showing to turn out the screw body. And, they easily came out.

So, no biggie but an "ah-ha" moment for me. Hope it helps someone.


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Nice save!

The next step in that remedy is not to replace the stripped screws with stock HD buttonhead screws, only to have the same thing happen again in the future.
Replace all of the derby cover screws with a better quality hex head screw.
I replaced all mine with socket head screws that match the screws on the rest of the primary.

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Nice save!

The next step in that remedy is not to replace the stripped screws with stock HD buttonhead screws, only to have the same thing happen again in the future.
Replace all of the derby cover screws with a better quality hex head screw.
I replaced all mine with socket head screws that match the screws on the rest of the primary.

First time I had to take the derby off my 10 I snapped off two Snap-On bits trying to get the stupid tiny torx screws out. I ended up drilling the heads off of 3 of them (like above) since some idiot put them on - in a bad mood - with god-knows-what.


I then did about the same, hardware store, allenheads, never a problem since.
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Look on the driver you were using, and tell us what the number on it is. It'll be like 22-30, some where in that range.


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a manual impact driver should be standard issue with any bike.
bought one many moons ago.

i've heard so many stories about stripped out bolts with the battery impact guns.
have done it myself when i'm too lazy to run out to the shop.
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New bikes come with new primary screws. Just saying?
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Look on the driver you were using, and tell us what the number on it is. It'll be like 22-30, some where in that range.
Don't have it w/ me anymore. Mine is one that was my Dad's back from the 60's, so I borrowed one from a buddy.


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Don't have it w/ me anymore. Mine is one that was my Dad's back from the 60's, so I borrowed one from a buddy.
The screws are T27. Most Torx sets have a T25 and no T27. The T25 will fit in the opening, but is actually a little small. They tend to round out on screws that are just a little snug.


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The screws are T27. Most Torx sets have a T25 and no T27. The T25 will fit in the opening, but is actually a little small. They tend to round out on screws that are just a little snug.
Yup, rounded out 2 of my primary screws this way. Then used a T27 on the others. Had to cut the heads off the bad ones.

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Don't worry about metal savings , if any shaving get in there they should go to the magnet on the drain plug. I replaced the torque head screws with allen head screws and I never had any problems since. Another thing is DON,T use loc-tite on the replacement screws, I never used loc-tite and never had any issues.
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