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Stripped front axle vent plug, help!

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Doing 600 hr service on my 2013 1025r. The vent plug on front axle is stripped. First by a 4mm allen key, then by a Grabit stripped bolt remover bit--which was so hard it basically just shaved away any part of the screw that I could've tried to grab onto lol.

(talking about part no. 20 in this diagram,

I do have replacement vent plugs already, assuming I can get this out without affecting the threads in the housing, I'm good...

Any ideas for getting this thing out? The other side came out fine once I cleaned it...
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First thing I would try is a 'Hansen' type extractor (aka spline screw extractor) hammered on there and that plug should back out. (don't buy a cheap tool otherwise you'll be faced with extracting the tool bit too)

If that fails then:

Is there enough to get a punch on the edge to get it turning? Not driving toward the threads of course.
If you have never done it before, watch a few videos on the technique. Should have plenty of access and that plug looks large enough that you should be able to avoid the extreme edge and thus not bugger up the threads on the axle side. Air hammer with an appropriate bit would be my choice but the manual method with patience work too.
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