Removing cleats that haven’t moved for a decade
I have a nice set of SPD shoes that have old cleats on them. I have a new set of SPDs and cleats. Naturally I’d like to put the new cleats on. Can I shift them? Can I buggery. I’ve left them soaking in WD40 but I dont hold out hope – anyone got any oldschool tips? I can see me buying new shoes or drilling them out at this rate.Posted 8 years agoWill MSubscriber
I had this problem – once I’d destroyed the socket in the cleat bolts I had to resort to drilling them out. It worked pretty well, I now lubricate my cleat bolts and clean my shoes properly to stop it happening again.
If you haven’t completely destroyed yours, try getting a longer lever arm on your Allen key.
Note, don’t try picking up your drilled out bolt too fast, it gets damn hot!Posted 8 years ago
Cant remember the exact model, but they’re shimano’s all-leather, gore lined, neoprene ankled (DH?) boots. Still going strong, but dont get a vast amount of use to be fair, just average.
Much akin to these, but imagine a red and black pair from around the turn of the millenium.Posted 8 years ago
assuming you can get the plate out from inside the shoe – drilling the heads off the bolts will be fairly easy.
ive got a pair of boots that the plate doesnt come out. If thats the case and the threaded part of the bolt remains stuck, a really small easyout may do it or use the 2nd holes? buy new booties 🙁Posted 8 years ago
smiffy – thats the ones, not gore lined, my mistake. Great boots, always dry warm feet.
bigyinn – didn’t work on both boots unfortunately, certainly did on the first though it didnt damage the “do” faces any more than would have been usable on the “undo” faces, enough force was needed on the second boot that the whole socket went circular in one go before the rust seal broke. Got it in the lab to drill out as we speak!Posted 8 years agospeaker2animalsSubscriber
WD40 isn’t really for this job. You need Plusgas.
I managed same by using a hacksaw to put a decent slot across the bolt heads and then using a BIG screwdriver to shift bolts. Worked twice for me. Copperslip new ones.
I don’t see how getting to plate in shoe helps? Surely there is sole material between the plate and cleat, otherwise what stops em just falling off the boot?
But what do I know?Posted 8 years ago
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