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Old 08-13-2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default PDE camber plate owners--replace your allen head bolts

If you own PDE camber plates you know how great they are, but if you change settings frequently you also know the weak spot is the allen-head bolts.

Having lost one cap to a rounded bolt head (had to drill it out, completely demolishing the cap), I was struck with fear after a recent autox when two of the bolt heads wouldn't turn (slighlty rounded). Changing setting while the engine bay is extremely hot increases the likelihood of this occurring.

I drove home on the autox setting, and carefully removed the bolts with a new allen socket. I then searched online for replacement bolts in 12.9, which I found at boltdepot.com.

The specific part costs $0.56 each:
#6545 - Metric socket head screws, Steel grade 12.9, 6mm x 1.0 x 45mm

The head is knurled but fits perfectly into the recess. No problems, and no more worries about rounding.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:51 PM   #2
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I have the PDE plates, they've been installed for about a year and changed I'd guess 25+ times. This hasn't helped me yet but I've been extremely careful when tightening/loosening the bolts. I knew someone that rounded off their camber plate bolts, so I've tried to be more careful.
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