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Old 02-17-2003, 08:08 AM   #1
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Angry cross-threaded struts...what can i do?

well, i bought a set of used v5 struts and went to install them the other day and found that two of them are badly cross-threaded to the point that i can't get the strut top nut on. what can i do? are they at all salvagable? thanks for any help.

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Old 02-17-2003, 12:05 PM   #2
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Hmm... that's a scary part to try and fix and hope it holds together, but I don't know why you couldn't re-cut the threads. You can get tools for this at almost any hardware store. Some just dig out new threads which means you lose material. I think you can rebuild the threads out w/ some kits.
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Old 02-17-2003, 12:32 PM   #3
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One of my V5s got stripped at the top once. The threads have been recut in it and I have had no further problems from it.
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Old 02-17-2003, 12:52 PM   #4
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thanks for the info...where did you take it to have the threads recut?

thanks!
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Old 02-17-2003, 01:50 PM   #5
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Just measure the threads (carefully and accurately) for pitch and measure the diameter of the threaded portion of the shaft. Then go down to your local hardware / tools store and buy a die (you only need one, not the whole set) for that diameter and thread pitch. It wouldn't hurt to take your nut with you to make sure you have the right diameter and pitch.

The die should be hex shaped and you should be able to chase the threads by turning the die with a box end or ratchet. Just go slow and easy to start with. Make sure that you have the die on the correct thread path.

I do this all the time with my wheel studs. I just do it to make sure I've cleaned out all of the burrs and crap before I torque everything down.

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Old 02-17-2003, 01:53 PM   #6
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i actually have a die with the correct pitch and diameter already, but i'm worried about getting the new threads to match the old ones. is this a legitimate worry or is it really as easy as turning the die on the threads?

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As long as you've got it lined up it's pretty easy. Are all the threads screwed up? If it's at least got a thread or two at the top to get the die started you should be fine.
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Old 02-17-2003, 03:20 PM   #8
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one is fine at the top, so i'm sure i can fix that one, but the other is completely messed up. i won't even be able to get the die started on that one.

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Old 02-17-2003, 03:40 PM   #9
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shu_chen4,

if you're interested, i also have a set of front V5 struts with messed-up threads... you want a backup set in case you can't fix yours? $125 shipped for the pair.

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Old 02-17-2003, 04:44 PM   #10
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slater...interesting offer. let me see how much worse i can make mine first.

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