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Thread: Clutch Bell screw

  1. #1 Default Clutch Bell screw 
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    Any one had the screw that hold the pinion gear to the clutch bell snap? Now I got to tap it out.

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    I've never had this happen to me (knock on wood). But if you have a good screw extrator it is not to hard to get it out.

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    Me and my buddy at work was runnin it for about an hour ramin each others cars, after that we chilled for a couple hours. Then right before it was time to go home We decided to run our Bajas again, after bout 5 mins mine stoped. Bell was spinnin but car aint movin.

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    Quit slammin' em' LOL!!!

    In the USA what hardware stores for you have near by? ACE maybe?

    The bells have through holes, if you heat it up and use a screw extractor to break the loctite it should come out.
    If you take the part in with you a knowledgeable sales person should be able to set you up with the right size extractor.
    I have one in my kit now for other things, they are a great tool to have.
    You will also need to buy a better screw. Dark black screws tend to be poorer quality, dirty black/grey is a sign of better material (Screws made in Europe)

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    I think we have one at my shop, but I will go to ACE hardware just incase

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    Thats has happened to a lot of people.HPI may have had a bad run on those screws.

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    It might happen because it comes loose? that one bolt puts up with alot of abuse, Heat, pressure

    My Baja is faster than yours
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    Well I just had one bolt bend on me, then the next time out had the replacement snap... What I have done now is put a longer bolt in there, if it snaps again I will be able to pull it out easy at the track with a pair of vise grips.

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    this was a problem with bajas that were being produced about 3 months ago

    the screw was being put in to tight and either destroying the thread in the hole or snapping off
    both resulting in a loss of drive

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