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I have a stem that the bottom bolt connection on the fork side is stripped.
I confirmed it was the stem itself and not the screw/bolt.

Besides buying a brand new stem, what can I do to fix it?
Different thread size bolt?
Teflon plumbers tape?
Helicoil? Do they have sizes this small?

What have you guys done?
Thanks
 

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LX302 said:
I have a stem that the bottom bolt connection on the fork side is stripped.
I confirmed it was the stem itself and not the screw/bolt.

Besides buying a brand new stem, what can I do to fix it?
Different thread size bolt?
Teflon plumbers tape?
Helicoil? Do they have sizes this small?

What have you guys done?
Thanks
Replace it for shure, thats the Obv answer.

But now for the BIG one, is it striped beyond being able to remove it?

if so you may need to do some tricks to get it off. (i know there is tools used for unscrewing striped hex bolts, the thing looks kinda like a dril bit with the sharpened edges so it digs into the metal)
 

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Drill out the bolt and throw away the stem (or donate it to your least favorite person). Don't try anything fancy with loctite or re-tapping. But if you do, please be sure to write in your will that you want pics from after the "accident" to be posted on MTBR to serve as a warning to others.
 

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LX302 said:
I have a stem that the bottom bolt connection on the fork side is stripped.
I confirmed it was the stem itself and not the screw/bolt.

Besides buying a brand new stem, what can I do to fix it?
Different thread size bolt?
Teflon plumbers tape?
Helicoil? Do they have sizes this small?

What have you guys done?
Thanks
Get a new one and toss the damaged one ASAP. With your new one, take care not to overtighten the bolt and ruin it as well.;)
 

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Thanks guys, thought there would be a "quick fix" as I'm alway trying to save a buck, but like you guys said, safety is number one.
I can get it off, so no problem there.
 

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I had an Easton EA50 stem strip out. It turns out that it was a good thing, as it only engaged 3 threads. I put a longer bolt in to actually catch all of the threads and it was fine. Like folks say, it's better to get a new stem. I didn't ride the easton stem long, but it worked for a couple of ride. The other bolt was fine, so I just put a longer bolt in there too.
 
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