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How to thread?(7 posts)

How to thread?Qubeley
Nov 18, 2002 11:40 AM
I want to change my rear skewer to front skewer.
I have already cut the skewer shorter. Can someone tell me how to thread it or where I can have someone else thread it for me? The hardware store I went to can't do it.
re: How to threadChen2
Nov 18, 2002 1:18 PM
You need the correct size die with the correct thread count.
Try a machine shop or machine supply store.
You need a dieKerry
Nov 18, 2002 4:57 PM
You use a TAP to put threads in a hole, and a DIE to cut threads on a shaft. I expect you can get a die at a decent automotive supply house, since a lot of car parts are metric these days. Just take along another skewer to make sure you get the right die. OTOH, since you are only going to do this once, call a few machine shops to find out who has metric dies in your size (5 mm?). You should have cut the threads first, and then shortened the skewer, as it would have been much easier to cut the threads with some existing threads still on the shaft.
Nov 18, 2002 8:50 PM
Thanks for all the info.
I am now wondering how much this is going to cost me.
Maybe I am going crazy, after all, it's just a skewer..
What did the machine shop quote when you called them? (nm)Kerry
Nov 19, 2002 5:31 PM
Skewer threadingCalvin
Nov 19, 2002 6:44 AM
It is possible to thread a skewer to the 5mm x 0.8mm threading, as you state you want. However, it is difficult to get a clean thread from the die, even with a split-ring die. A die and handle will certainly exceed the cost of a front skewer. Additionally, your front wheel security is now dependent upon the threads you hand cut. Again, consider getting a new skewer rather than shorten one.
skewers are less than 10$/pr on the netstr8dum1
Nov 21, 2002 11:52 AM
too much time on your hands?