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help/ cutting down skewers(4 posts)

help/ cutting down skewersGraf
Oct 1, 2001 9:22 AM
How can I cut down skewers (Salsa Flip-offs) to road length without trashing the threads? Thanx, Graf
re: help/ cutting down skewersgrzy
Oct 1, 2001 11:18 AM
Place the skewer in a vise between blocks of wood to protect it from the jaws. Lop off the excess. Take a reasonably decent file and work your way around 360 degrees taking light strokes and holding the file at around 45 degrees or so. Test fit by spinning nut onto shaft if it hangs up work with the file a bit more. If the threaded length isn't long enough you could cahse it with a die, but a word of caution: cut threads aren't as strong as rolled threads - so I wouldn't advise doing this.

Advanced tip: thread nut onto shaft prior to cutting. After cutting spin the nut off to straighten out the threads with only light file work to clean up.
re: help/ cutting down skewersGraf
Oct 2, 2001 9:58 AM
thanx, Graf
re: help/ cutting down skewersCDLYNX
Oct 1, 2001 3:00 PM
You could also use a cut-off disk (available at most any hardware store) in an electric drill. This makes a very clean cut, keeps the threads intact, and you can hold the disk flush with the rod end to remove any extra burrs.This will work with most any rod type including titanium.