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I have a Tugnutt on my Salsa Casserole to keep the rear wheel from sliding around int he horizontal dropout. The Tugnutt works perfectly, however, the bottle openers/flames are blocking my fender/rack mounts. Is there any compelling reason why I should not cut them off with a dremel? I don't want to do anything detrimental to the performance, but would love to use a rack and or fenders etc...

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OK to cut

The bottle opener portions of the Tugnut are not in any way related to its core function of positioning the rear axle. You should be able to remove them without issue. As far as I know the Tugnut body is stainless steel so rust on the cut portion should not be an issue either. Just make sure that you use a tool that has never been used to cut mild steel (non-stainless). A tool that has been used on mild steel may impregnate the stainless with bits of steel that will rust. Even if this does happen, it will only be a minor cosmetic problem.
 
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