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    Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Here’s a tool set worth every penny; especially when it comes to removing buggered up fasteners. The multi-spline extractor is a different version of what is commonly called an “Easy-out”. This tool excels in removing buggered-up socket head (Allen) setcrews; especially when the setscrew is located in a confined location. The best part about using this particular item is that no precision left-hand drilling & further precaution is required as the more commonly known version of “Easy-out” requires.

    I had to remove a 5mm hex socket setscrew in order to proceed on an important 500E project (subject of a future write-up). Naturally, the setscrew is located in a supreme PITA location. I believe this setscrew may have been “set” by someone else in the past, because the hex socket corners appeared ever-so-slightly rounded. The possibly over-torqued setscrew defiantly resisted the removal attempts of standard hex keys. Any further attempts would only succeed in further rounding out the hex socket flats, leaving me furiously SOL (sh*t outta luck).

    I selected an extractor which bedded into the setscrew hex socket. This extractor was fit into a 13mm socket on a ratchet. Slowly turning the ratchet, the extractor splines firmly dug into the hex socket, broke the torque tension and reversed the setscrew out easily. Joy to the World!

    The multi-spline extractor indeed provided an “easy” solution to a potentially huge problem & all the coinciding aggravation attached to it & passed on to others.
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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Nice kit! I need to get one of those...

    http://www.amazon.com/Irwin-Industri...dp/B0002SRG66/

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    Great suggestion!! Those "easy outs" are a huge PITA and rarely work for me. In the past, around 90% of the time I would have to use a dremel tool and cut a slot into the head of the screw and then use a nice fat slot screwdriver.

    The Irwin set looks like a great and easy option.
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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Quote Originally Posted by redred View Post
    In the past, around 90% of the time I would have to use a dremel tool and cut a slot into the head of the screw and then use a nice fat slot screwdriver.
    Slotting was an impossibility. Also, there was no room to fit an "over-the-head"-style of extractor in this situation.
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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Very cool...will have to add this to my tool collection.
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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    Slotting was an impossibility. Also, there was no room to fit an "over-the-head"-style of extractor in this situation.
    Ah yes.... in those situations I usually just end up crying.... into my beer that is
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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    I have stripped at least two rotor set screws and used my screws out to destroy and remove them. The worst situation I ever had was when someone (not me hint spouse) stripped a hex screw that held one of my cab's hydraulic cylinders in place. It was deep inside the cavity by the rear wheel and very hard to access. Ultimately since it was partially out I used needle nosed vice grips, another handy tool for stubborn bolts to remove it. It was a $45 part through Rusty to replace.

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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    in order to proceed on an important 500E project.
    It's easy to bodge the installation of those "gray" switchable trunk/door lamp switches, I know !!

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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Nice advise (as usual) Dave!
    I used "1 click" and ordered via the link you provided for Amazon with "Prime".....free shipping 2 day delivery!!

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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    I've never had a successful usage of them to date.


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    Re: Multi-spline Extractor (aka "Easy-Out")

    Quote Originally Posted by samiam44 View Post
    I've never had a successful usage of them to date.


    Michael
    I am at about 50-50 success rate with EZ-outs. Success depends on a variety of factors.

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