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Old 01-24-2013, 12:33 PM #1
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Cocking rod set screw stuck

Hey guys, I just picked up a new ANS cocking rod from ANS, I tried to loosen the set screw in the knob and it just will not loosen. I need to loosen it so can I do my timing. Does anyone have any advice on how to loosen a stuck set screw and possibly the cocking rod knob without damage it too much?

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:03 PM #2
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Thread two 10-32 nuts on the hammer side of the rod, tighten the nuts against one another, hold the inner nut with a wrench and use the allen wrench on the set screw.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:17 PM #3
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I'm not sure what those cocking rods look like, but if they're hex-shaped, use a crescent wrench or the right size box wrench. Otherwise, something along the lines of a mousepad and visegrips or 2 blocks of wood and a bench vise would work. I'd look for an allen bit that you can put in one of those hex drivers rather than using an allen key, less likely to bend on you. You could also try heating the knob a bit, that may or may not help.

Edit: misread a2d's response, that could work better than the visegrips or bench vise, assuming you can hold everything still.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:36 PM #4
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This is the cocking rod, click please.

And the knob cylindrical shape, and made of plastic too. Thanks.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:48 PM #5
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This is the cocking rod, click please.

And the knob cylindrical shape, and made of plastic too. Thanks.
No, the knob is anodized aluminum. I have lots of these cocking rods. Do the nut trick I told you about, problem solved.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:54 PM #6
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No, the knob is anodized aluminum. I have lots of these cocking rods. Do the nut trick I told you about, problem solved.
Okay, thanks! Will try later when I am home.

Will this trick also work if the knob itself is stuck after the set screw is taken out?

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:59 PM #7
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the nut trick is for removing the knob....

is it the knob thats stuck or the set screw?
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:04 PM #8
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You could use 2 nuts to get a grip on it to try to get the set screw out if you can't grip the knob, you'd just have to use something to hold the whole thing down. That extra 3-4 inches in between will make it pretty easy to lose control of the whole thing. The trick would work on the knob as well if you had some way to get a grip on the knob.

As far as what's stuck to what, I'm guessing that the setscrew just got cranked down too tight somehow and is locking everything in place. Once one of them starts moving, the other should follow suit pretty shortly thereafter.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:17 AM #9
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Thanks all and especially addicted2dunes, got the knob and screw off!
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:55 PM #10
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Not a problem...... I figured the set screw was just tight against the cocking shaft, by double nutting it it will allow the set screw and knob to break free of the shaft, then the set screw will come right out of the knob.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:07 AM #11
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I have another slight issue now. The long Ram rod is suck to the ram itself and won't unscrew, any ideas?

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:43 AM #12
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I have another slight issue now. The long Ram rod is suck to the ram itself and won't unscrew, any ideas?

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Heat it up and it will unscrew! I use lighters, then polish them later to make it nice and clean.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:17 AM #13
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Heat it up and it will unscrew! I use lighters, then polish them later to make it nice and clean.
Thank you! Worked great haha.
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Thank you! Worked great haha.
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