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Broken part on MT 8180 looking for replacement part

The black plastic key that you use to tighten the collar around the tube broke off....I can still tighten it using pliars but would like to find a replacement key that fits the bolt. Anyone know where I might find a replacement key?

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  • knightflyer9 Nov 04, 2008

    Thanks I'll try that...I didn't think about that...appreciate the suggestion....

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ACE Hardware.  What you are looking fore is a "wing bolt" as opposed to a wing nut.  They have them in both SAE and Metric.  At least our local store does.

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