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Cleat Replacement

Ken D

I have a pair of FJ ICons, and am due to replace the cleats. I have some that will not come out. I have purchased the cleat ripper, which does not get all out. I am looking for suggested solutions. I would prefer to buy replacement cleats in stead of shoes.

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  1. John T

    Get a pair of vice grip pliers and adjust them so that when it is clamped closed, the jaws are open about 1/4 inch or so. Then open up the jaws. Next, using a flat head screwdriver, bend one of the side edges of the cleat up and use one of the jaws of the vice grips to hold it up. Then, use the screwdriver to bend up the opposite side of the cleat, so that now you are able to clamp the vice grips closed onto the cleat. You should then be able to either twist or pull the offensive cleat out of the shoe.

    If they are somehow really stuck, a shot of WD-40 onto the threads could help too!
  2. Dave N

    I have found some come out easy and some are really stubborn. I had to push extremely hard to get 2 out of one shoe, thought I was going to break the shoe but didn't. Don't give up.
  3. Chuck Z

    I will address this issue, but the best place is normally on You can soak the bottom of the soles in a thing layer of water, ensuring that the spikes are soaked, which will loosen the soil and grit that is preventing the cleats from releasing. Thirty minutes should do it. The ripper is not as effective on all cleats as I personally would expect. I have one but never use it, because it rips some of the spikes instead of loosening them. I use Stinger spikes, by Champ in my ICONS and DryJoy Tours for best results.
  4. Joshua B

    I buy spikeless now bc of that...but a pair of needle nose pliers always got the job done for me
  5. Nate D

    I've had to use a small drill bit and slowly drill the center out then just break apart the threaded part of the cleat. Just go very slow and take your time.
  6. fred k

    ken - you may want to try sticking your shoe in a bench vise and try unscrewing the cleat with a pair of channel locks...been there, done that...
  7. Hotsauce

    Champ makes a really good cleat ripper. Sometimes they just need a little or a lot of elbow grease to get out.
  8. Scott D

    I had the same problem. The problem was solved by lifting the edge of the cleat and spraying some WD40 under the cleat and let it sit there for about and hour. I used a cleat torque wrench to remove the cleat, it did require some muscle power. I found that the cleat torque wrench worked considerably better than the ripper.
  9. chris b

    Pliers used with a lot of force! All the debris gets stuck inside the threads over time and they become difficult to get out. Those cleat rippers only work when the cleats aren't so worn down, so there is something there to grip. If you wait until all the cleats are really worn down to the base, it gets a little more difficult.
    Brute force will eventually get them out. I just changed two of my FJ's just the other week.
  10. Robert L

    Needle nose pliers.
  11. Steve W

    I always put my shoes in a shallow bowl of hot water - just enough to cover the sole of the shoe. After a minute or so remove and dry. Cleats should come out much easier....
  12. B.A.

    You can try soaking the bottom of the cleats inn warm soapy water and clean.

    You can put 2 screws (one in each hole) but don't screw dow too far, and use a pair of pliers on the two screws together to loosen.
  13. RR

    I use channel locks as mentioned above, works always
  14. JReeter

    Soak in water like stated above, works well
  15. Ken D

    Thanks to all. . WD40 and a flat head worked for me. To all enjoy your rounds this weekend
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