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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2008, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Stripped screw and Air filter

Help me please. I'm attempting to change out my air filter and the only thing stopping me is the center screw of the air filter. It looks corroded compared to the other two screws. When I went to turn it, it stripped it. Now its stuck and I don't know what to do. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2008, 01:25 PM
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Get a screw extractor and get it out. You could also drill the head of the screw off and then just untwist the threaded part with your fingers once you get the filter out. Make sure to get all of the metal shavings out of the airbox.
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2008, 01:32 PM
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maybe its not on that tight and u can put a little wd40 on it to losen it up
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2008, 01:41 PM
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Any car or bike shop can take that out in 5-10 minutes real quick, with little or no damage to the air box. Otherwise pick up a screw extractor and do it yourself.
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It's tricky drilling the head off because it's a shouldered screw, the body is a lot wider than you think. I had to try and drill them out because they were way over tightened in the factory....but at some point the drill bit must have caught the screw slightly and spun the thread insert putting a split in the airbox housing grrrrrr.

So if you do go down the route of drilling it out do it very carefully, and make sure you cover everything up so no metal gets into the airbox or air filter.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2008, 04:15 PM
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Alternate to drilling the head out use a dremel tool with a carbide rasp and cut a slot in the top and twist it out - again make sure yout prevent any metal shavings from entering hte intake
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