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 One Solution for Broken Studs: Titan Stud Extractor

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PostSubject: One Solution for Broken Studs: Titan Stud Extractor   Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:51 pm

The few tools by Titan that I have purchased have all been of excellent quality.

Recently, I found myself needing to remove two broken studs from a pair of exhaust manifolds for my '95 Roadmaster wagon. I had used one of those old skool concentric stud pullers to remove four out of six successfully, but two snapped and made me grimace. BTW, those concentric pullers are bulky and awkward!

Now, I know that a real garage junkie would have a red wrench to get the job done. I do not, so I had to look for other options and was afraid I'd have to pay my mechanic to heat them out, ultimately.

I found these stud extractors sold by Titan:


There are identical looking versions out there by Mann and Mayhew. I'm not sure if any of them are rebadges.

Anyway, this thing is seriously awesome.

Here is a pic of the worst manifold. There is actually more of a stub sticking up on this one, but the corrosion around the stud is so bad, it looked like stud and manifold flange were one monolithic piece.



I started with this stud, using a 3/8 100 tooth Gearwrench ratchet and an old Blue Point impact driver to work the tool. The stud wouldn't give. So, I went to the other manifold and while it fought me, the stud did break free and come out. So, I went back to the first manifold and tried again. By this time, the stud stub was pretty chewed up and I was basically sure it was going to snap, or that the extractor wouldn't be able to get a decent grip anymore. But using the impact driver to help seat the stub inside the tool's jaws, I did get a good grip. I put the impact down after a while and went to the ratchet. I had switched to a Craftsman Premium because I realized that the handle shape is about a million times more comfortable to put big torque into than the Gearwrench. Finally, I felt something give. I was sure that the stud was snapping, but when I looked at the other side I could see it had begun to break away from its rusty tomb.

Before the stud began to move. See how it's like one solid mass of corrosion?


Success!











I should note that I had been hosing these things with Kroil for a week since snapping them off. But, the rust was so solid I don't think Kroil was actually penetrating much of anything.

This tool has earned a spot in my box forever. I'll probably pick up another one, just because it saved me from a lot of frustration and has earned my respect.
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PostSubject: Re: One Solution for Broken Studs: Titan Stud Extractor   Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:20 am

That thing really bites! I put one on my list.

I think you'll find that the OE studs are std. on the manifold side and metric on the cat side. I just use std./std. for replacements.
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PostSubject: Re: One Solution for Broken Studs: Titan Stud Extractor   Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:49 am

I know the next tool I'm buying Very Happy
Kroil kicks ass!
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PostSubject: Re: One Solution for Broken Studs: Titan Stud Extractor   Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:17 am

/copied and pasted from my write up at "toolnutcentral.com" Wink

Awesome write up, dude. Where might I purchase this Destudinator 2000?

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PostSubject: Re: One Solution for Broken Studs: Titan Stud Extractor   Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:26 am

toomanytoyz wrote:
/copied and pasted from my write up at "toolnutcentral.com" Wink

Awesome write up, dude. Where might I purchase this Destudinator 2000?

I did post this on Garage Journal first because that is where I spend most of my time, and I'm not sure how into tools people are here. But because this is a common problem, I figured people on the B-body sites might also want to learn about the tool.

You can find them on eBay, at Walmart (online), Tool King, Northern Tool etc. There is a more expensive German version made by Klann and a more expensive one made by Mayhew. I can't tell if the Mayhew is USA made or comes from the same Taiwanese factory as the Titan.

I'm a USA tools kind of guy, but I look at Taiwan a lot differently than I look at China, and my Titan tools are all very nice.
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