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  1. #1
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    stripped fin screw

    hey how do y'all go about taking out a screw that won't turn with a fin key? i've tried twisting it with nose-hair pliers but it doesn't seem to be doing any good

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    Ok so is the screw stripped or is the allen key stripped? Never heard of the screw stripping after the fin is in. Try another allen key, I think the future ones hold up a little better than the FCS ones. OR just get one from a hardware store. good luck.

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    buy a set of screw / bolt extractors from you auto parts store they are a round 10 bucks for a cheap set but will get the job done for ya or you can use a left handed drill bit and hope it bites it and unscrews it as u are drilling but they cost a bit more

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    I know for a fact that they make the FCS key out of a softer metal alloy than the set screws for that exact reason. You will strip the key before the set screw if you really had cranked down on it. Try a new key, and if that doesn't work and the set screw is damaged I would try using a slightly larger Allen key to get a better grip on the inside of the set screw.