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Old August 12th, 2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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I bought some cheap toe stops online. Began screwing them into my Reactor plates when I noticed it seemed tight. I tried to remove them to see if I could see the issue, but they would not budge.

I looked at the other new stop and compared it to the old stops and sure enough the new one's stem was just a tiny bit larger.

I tried all night. Any ideas?
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Old August 12th, 2019, 05:30 PM   #2
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I bought some cheap toe stops online. Began screwing them into my Reactor plates when I noticed it seemed tight. I tried to remove them to see if I could see the issue, but they would not budge.

I looked at the other new stop and compared it to the old stops and sure enough the new one's stem was just a tiny bit larger.

I tried all night. Any ideas?
Get a heat gun and shoot onto the aluminum surrounding the stop shaft., when the metal heats up it also expands. Then try to unscrew it.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 08:45 PM   #3
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Get a heat gun and shoot onto the aluminum surrounding the stop shaft., when the metal heats up it also expands. Then try to unscrew it.
I've tried heat, cold, lube, and putting in a wedge. I even took them to an MMA studio and let one of the big muscle dudes have a go at it. It's stuck.

Odd part is there are only about 5 threads left to go before it's out.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 12:11 AM   #4
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I'd think about some freezing spray sort of gizmo for the nut and heat for the socket, a propane torch quickly.

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I'd set it against or in something solid and whack it solidly to break any stuck metal, just jar it before freezing heating.

Even a bolt with good thread will seize periodically, a solid whack against something solid will break a tight seal.

After it's out the hole may still be good, you might have to invest in a tool to chase the threads to get them open, but here's to hoping.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 11:20 AM   #5
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You may have to put it on an angle plate, center it and drill it out in a milling machine(tighter tolerances by using the mill will ensure dead center drilling). Then attempt to retap the original threads. Aluminum galls easily, basically welds itselft together. If it won't come out using a good table vise and a pipe wrench(destroying the toe stop) you really have no other choice.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 12:26 AM   #6
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Another thought, if you can drill it dead center, out to tap drill size, then tap from the back side of the plate. You may salvage the original threads by doing it this way.
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Might be too late for this, but try a 50/50 of acetone and automatic transmission fluid. Swab a little bit on the threads and tap on it with a wrench or something, just to introduce a little vibration. Let it stand for about half an hour. That will reduce the friction tremendously, and might help it let loose. Might take a couple of applications.


If the aluminum in the toe stop shank threads have been corrupted, however, you may have to resort to something more aggressive.
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You may have bought European metric toe-stops. Which are 16 mm diameter, whereas the US Imperial sized toe-stops, like in the Reactor, are 15.875 mm diameter (5/8'). But also the threads are different. In the worst case you messed up your plates.
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