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Old 10-17-2013, 01:15 PM   #31
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Joined: Feb 2004
Location: Center of the Smokies
Oddometer: 126
Valve grinding paste

Originally Posted by Hair View Post
In the past I have had problems with the Allen part of the cam bolts rounding off.
So when I remove the bolts I make sure that my Allen tools are high quality with no ware.

But that didn't help me this time.

This is the second time that I have checked the valve clearance on my SE. This time I wanted to record the shim sizes so I could plan ahead for when I might have to change a shim.

I was using a brand new Allen tool. I held the ratchet head in place. But the Allen head stripped out anyway. The bolt didn't move from its factory setting.

So now I have a few months to figure out how to remove the bolt.

It really seems that the 950 cam bolts are unacceptably soft.
When my allens show a little wear i will use air cutoff wheel and remove the worn area.I use an angle air sander and take off any burrs and make sure the end is flat. Try a very small dab of valve grinding paste on the end of the allen. Clean bolt head before re- stalling.
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