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Old 06-20-2011, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I plan on adjusting the pilot screws and I had read somewhere about drilling a hole in the plugs just big enough for a small screwdriver to fit.

I was just wondering what size drillbit to use for this?
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I do not remember what size it was I had one of the old timer small pocket screwdrivers that has the pocket clip on it and just found a bit that was the same size as it was.
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Do the pilot screws take a flathead or philips screwdriver? Never messed with them before.
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Do the pilot screws take a flathead or philips screwdriver? Never messed with them before.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Use a 1/8" drill bit...be careful not to drill too deep into the cap. You'll need a small flat head screw driver to adjust it.
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Wrap a few turns of masking tape 1/8" from the point of your drill bit. That will keep you from drilling too deep.

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Old 06-21-2011, 09:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The Factory manuals say a 5/32 bit.
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Why don't you just remove the plugs? As far as I know, they are only a factory "seal" to keep people from adjusting the screws.

Drill hole slightly smaller than a self tapping screw. Screw self tapping screw into hole, then pull out the plug by grabbing screw head with pliers. Then you have easy access to the screw and can use a regular screw driver.
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Why don't you just remove the plugs? As far as I know, they are only a factory "seal" to keep people from adjusting the screws.

Drill hole slightly smaller than a self tapping screw. Screw self tapping screw into hole, then pull out the plug by grabbing screw head with pliers. Then you have easy access to the screw and can use a regular screw driver.
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You can remove the plugs completely ,but then you should put some silicone into the hole to keep the screws from falling out. They will back out over-time from vibrations. If you drill the plugs and leave them in place, they can't back out, and you have access whenever you want. You also don't have to deal with the silicone.
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Why don't you just remove the plugs? As far as I know, they are only a factory "seal" to keep people from adjusting the screws.

Drill hole slightly smaller than a self tapping screw. Screw self tapping screw into hole, then pull out the plug by grabbing screw head with pliers. Then you have easy access to the screw and can use a regular screw driver.
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Ditto this.
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