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Help Installing 3T "Status" Quill Stem(5 posts)

Help Installing 3T "Status" Quill StemMud
Apr 1, 2002 4:58 PM
I'm trying to install a new 3T Status quill stem (yes, should be pretty simple!) but the stem has a strange feature I can't figure out... There's a plastic cover that screws in, covering the opening for the long quill bolt. Once you remove this plastic cap, it's impossible to get to the main bolt, as the piece that the plastic cover attaches to covers the bolt. Anyone installed one of these, and if so, what's the trick?

Thanks.
re: Help Installing 3T "Status" Quill Stemmpm32
Apr 2, 2002 7:56 AM
Just leave it off. Everyone that I know with the stem including myself left it off. It doesn't serve a purpose.
re: Help Installing 3T "Status" Quill Stemjaredhartman
Apr 2, 2002 9:34 AM
I bought a used one a couple of days ago for my track bike and did not experience the problems you are having. The black cap on my came up and off once I pried it up from its front. Once it was off the bolt was absolutely free to access, and the black top piece just snaps back into place. You mentioned that it screws in so our stems may be different since your is new.
re: Help Installing 3T "Status" Quill Stemczardonic
Apr 2, 2002 5:14 PM
I puzzled over a similar design on a 3T stem. It is possible to use pliers to get out the plastic bit, but they tend to chew it up. Not a huge deal, since the damage will be hidden, but not ideal either.

Eventually, I found that if you take of the cap and then screw the screw back in just enough, you can pull out the whole assembly by the head of the screw. Screw it in to little and it won't grip the sleeve, too much and it will expand the sleeve so that it won't come out.

IMO, it is a really crappy design. Once you get it installed, be careful when screwing the little cap back on. If your stem is the same model as mine, the cap is super flimsy. Screw it on too tight (which still won't feel at all secure) and it will tear apart as it spreads over then stem.

I've never actually ridden with this stem (I got a replacement), but it seems like that cap will be really prone to catching on things and tearing off.

Good luck.
ThanksMud
Apr 3, 2002 4:51 AM
I managed to pry out the inner piece of plastic that the cap screws into. All's ok.

Thanks again.