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The bolt isn't stripped just the allen wrench hole..you could drill it out a bit and use an easy out or try one size bigger allen wrench and drive it into the hole until it bites..or as said try a chisel and hammer...to get it started.

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I just want to change my fork oil lol.

Alright I'll give your suggestions a shot.

I'll start with the allen wrench one size bigger and move on from there.

Fingers crossed.
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I just want to change my fork oil lol.

Alright I'll give your suggestions a shot.

I'll start with the allen wrench one size bigger and move on from there.

Fingers crossed.

Better find an sligtly larger torx bit , as suggested by Dave .

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stick an allen or torx in there, tack weld it, unscrew

The important thing here is WHY is the allen stripped- is the cap corrosion bonded, or worse....cross-threaded (I didnt say it- I take it back!)
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Better find an sligtly larger torx bit , as suggested by Dave .
I still find it rare anyone takes my suggestions.
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I still find it rare anyone takes my suggestions.

As you , i have also been an professional mechanic for more than 40 year . LOL .

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Grind a notch in the cap. (red) Use a punch (Blue) and drive it right out. It is just cosmetic and you wouldn't even have to replace it if you didn't want to.
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I still find it rare anyone takes my suggestions.
Even a blind nut finds a squirrel every once in a while Dave.

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He will need to replace that cap - the center hole is damaged. Thats how you would tighten the cap normally, correct?
You cannot leave the top hole open, or in a few quick burst it will cover you in fresh fork oil,
The system will pump itself dry with every bump

Ask anyone here with the schrader valve fork caps- failure to install the plug/valve in the cap after filling
WILL result in above mentioned consequence-- as soon as you roll the bike off the centerstand, plop-spray! D'oh!!

Tip: As long as you need a new cap and want to keep up the fork oil changes, there are caps with a removable air valve-
used on certain years and models over the decades
Or you can drill and tap a set of caps and plug them with a small bolt or air valve.

The point is you can remove that valve, leaving a nice opening to refill the forks thru

New fork oil makes the big bike handle better, once a year- when its easy- is worth it.
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I don't think anyone was suggesting using the fork without the cap in place. A torque tip is a slightly different size from the Allen head and may... MAY... remove the cap without having to drill, tap, chisel, or beat it into submission.

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