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Striped LokBox Screw Help
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:58:03 PM »
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  • Hi Fellas.
    I have two stripped screws in the Lokbox quad I have. They ain't budging. I bought the board used and never thought to look at the screws. I rode the board for a month, loved it- but when I went to pop the front fins out before a trip they would not budge! >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(  I'm looking to make this one of my travel boards.
    I tried WD, Liquid Wrench, but no avail.
    Tap bit?- Risky.


    Has anyone successfully gotten a seized flat head Lokbox screw out?
    « Last Edit: October 19, 2016, 11:06:14 PM by ArchySwashbuckle »
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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #1 on: October 20, 2016, 11:24:23 AM »
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  • I've had some stripped screws before where the regular fin key wasn't working. Here's some ideas:
    try another fin key. I've had ones strip over time as well and a newer one gave me the grip to get a fin out.
    Pull out all the other screwdrivers and bits you have and see if something will catch and twist.
    How tied the fins are you. Any shot you can demolish the fin and get to the screw from inside the box? (Never tried but maybe)


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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #2 on: October 20, 2016, 11:48:46 AM »
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  • LokBoxe fins systems don't use fin keys do they?  I think they use flat-head screws?  I was looking at a twinnie with LokBox fins this past weekend, I passed because that fin system looks very "DIY".   You might need to drill a small narrow hole, fill it with crazy-glue, stick a smaller screwdriver in the glue and then once it hardens, turn it out.

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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #3 on: October 20, 2016, 01:05:53 PM »
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  • LokBoxe fins systems don't use fin keys do they?  I think they use flat-head screws?  I was looking at a twinnie with LokBox fins this past weekend, I passed because that fin system looks very "DIY".   You might need to drill a small narrow hole, fill it with crazy-glue, stick a smaller screwdriver in the glue and then once it hardens, turn it out.
    I think you're right. I was thinking of Probox.


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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #4 on: October 21, 2016, 09:07:40 AM »
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  • LokBoxe fins systems don't use fin keys do they?  I think they use flat-head screws?  I was looking at a twinnie with LokBox fins this past weekend, I passed because that fin system looks very "DIY".   You might need to drill a small narrow hole, fill it with crazy-glue, stick a smaller screwdriver in the glue and then once it hardens, turn it out.
    I think you're right. I was thinking of Probox.


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    LokBox=Flat Head.  Flat Head = why in fudge do people still use flat head screws? They are garbage. I think I may try the super glue method, careful not to get any glue under the head. I will plan to replace the screw with a phillips.
    I still think the tap out method may be best, but it's really hard to get a tap bit in strait when dealing with the tail rocker.

    Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #5 on: October 24, 2016, 12:59:40 PM »
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  • I wouldn't put any super glue near anything that is stuck.  Find an autoparts store and pick up a can of PB Blaster.  Kroil is another one that works great, but you can't ever find it. 

    Spray it to get into the threads and let it sit for a while.  Keep spraying it ever other day and just let it sit.  Take the screw driver, put in the head and tap the top with a hammer.  Sometimes the jarring will break the threads free.  Can't hit it too hard or you will damage the fin box.

    There is also a Impact Driver thing you can use to get old screws out.  I use it on cars, but wouldn't use on boards until a last resort.  When you hit it with a hammer, it spins the screw driver head to loosen.  http://www.sears.com/craftsman-impact-driver/p-00947641000P

    Drilling and tapping should be a last resort.  It will be very hard to drill through the center of a flathead screw.  If the drill walks you are done. 


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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #6 on: October 24, 2016, 05:06:03 PM »
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  • I will try that, but-- the screw is very stripped, like very hard to get any grab whatso ever.
    I am thinking I may try that spray and use a little plumbers putty to get the head of the screw filled out.
    We shall see!

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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #7 on: October 24, 2016, 06:48:42 PM »
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  • Small file, make the flat head entry deeper into lok box bolt.
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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #8 on: October 25, 2016, 12:36:39 PM »
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  • I will try that, but-- the screw is very stripped, like very hard to get any grab whatso ever.
    I am thinking I may try that spray and use a little plumbers putty to get the head of the screw filled out.
    We shall see!

    Oooh.   The head is stripped.  Take a dremel tool with cutoff wheel and groove the screw head to make a better contact point.
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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #9 on: March 31, 2017, 10:07:49 AM »
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  • Did you get the screw out? The dremel trick should do it!
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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #10 on: April 25, 2017, 03:58:40 PM »
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  • If not you can pick up a tap and thread, then just remove the screw. Very difficult task on tiny screws, but in the bike/ski shop that is usually the trick. Or a carbide drill-bit and an extractor harbor freight has most stuff for cheap..

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    Re: Striped LokBox Screw Help
    « Reply #11 on: June 13, 2017, 07:38:23 AM »
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  • I wouldn't put any super glue near anything that is stuck.  Find an autoparts store and pick up a can of PB Blaster.  Kroil is another one that works great, but you can't ever find it. 




    You can make your own Kroil substitute.  Acetone and Automatic Transmission Fluid.  Works great.