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    Can You Remove Tip/Ritchey Torque Key?

    Anyone have success with removing the 4mm bit to replace with another size?

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    No.
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    Most engineering adhesives soften in heat - try an oven at around 70-80 degrees C

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    Yes. Put the bit in a bench vice and pull. It will come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlandry View Post
    Anyone have success with removing the 4mm bit to replace with another size?
    No problem. Clamp the bit in a vise and pull. I've done it a couple of times. I don't put other sizes in as I would imagine the torque setting for another size would not be correct. What an excellent tool though - perfect for my many Thomson stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    No problem. Clamp the bit in a vise and pull. I've done it a couple of times. I don't put other sizes in as I would imagine the torque setting for another size would not be correct. What an excellent tool though - perfect for my many Thomson stems.
    The torque will be the same regardless of what bit you use.

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    My "No" was tendered in the interest of protecting his warranty on the tool.

    Plus, bolts of a different size usually have a different torque rating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
    The torque will be the same regardless of what bit you use.
    Of that I'm completely aware! How could I not be? That's why I wrote "the torque setting for another size would not be correct".
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
    My "No" was tendered in the interest of protecting his warranty on the tool.
    He might want to replace a worn-out bit or go to one of a different length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
    My "No" was tendered in the interest of protecting his warranty on the tool.

    Plus, bolts of a different size usually have a different torque rating.
    Thanks dad.


    Perhaps you could warn what may happen if you feel compelled to contribute, instead of just saying "no" until other make you clairify to keep from looking foolish? His choise to void warrenty and all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scryan View Post
    Thanks dad.


    Perhaps you could warn what may happen if you feel compelled to contribute, instead of just saying "no" until other make you clairify to keep from looking foolish? His choise to void warrenty and all...
    Speaking of looking foolish:

    * clarify
    * choice
    * warranty
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    I heated mine up...then pulled the bit out with some pliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
    Speaking of looking foolish:

    * clarify
    * choice
    * warranty
    Sorry...

    I generally don't obsess much over spelling unless I have no other point to stand on.

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    yup heat it with a lighter and pull. i put a t25 torx bit for rotor bolts and zipp stems

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    yup heat it with a lighter.
    Mine just pulled out without that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scryan View Post
    Sorry...

    I generally don't obsess much over spelling unless I have no other point to stand on.
    I don't need another "point to stand on".... I gave my answer based on what I thought was most responsible. The bit is glued in for a reason.

    ...and I always obsess over spelling. Someone who can't be bothered to spell correctly is probably similarly sloppy about other things.
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    OK I did it. I put the bit in a vise and pulled on the shank with Vice Grips. Out, no problem. Looks like it's just glued in.

    edit: Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlandry View Post
    OK I did it. I put the bit in a vise and pulled on the shank with Vice Grips. Out, no problem. Looks like it's just glued in.
    And the SWAT team didn't burst in? You're a lucky boy!
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    Yeah. Heating works (previously discussed in these forums). I epoxied a small rare-earth magnet inside the the handle so that it retains any bit I stick in it.

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    Ritchey Rep here to answer all your questions!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritchey_Dave View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
    Regarding another thread here on RBR, what are the ramifications of removing the glued-in hex bit on the Ritchey torque key and replacing it with a different size?

    Would it affect the warranty?
    I've read those too. However our manufacturer says not to, and it would void our warranty.
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    I've been using the Ritchey version for a while and it works great. I happened to stumbled on the version sold by Giant which has a 4nM rating and comes magnetized with 3/4/5 bits.
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    When it comes to something so inexpensive, I really don't care about the warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlandry View Post
    When it comes to something so inexpensive, I really don't care about the warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Of that I'm completely aware! How could I not be? That's why I wrote "the torque setting for another size would not be correct".
    Ooops sorry. I did misunderstand your comment. I "thought" you thought that a larger bit would somehow alter the torque of the torque key.... which is something I've actually heard said before by people who don't understand how torque is measured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scryan View Post
    Thanks dad.


    Perhaps you could warn what may happen if you feel compelled to contribute, instead of just saying "no" until other make you clairify to keep from looking foolish? His choise to void warrenty and all...
    "No." is a complete sentence.
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