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April 22, 2013

Don’t Over tighten!

A lesson te ye all! When it comes to aluminium/aluminum alloy parts you need to be carefully not to overstress them when tightening nuts bolts or other fastenings. Use locknuts,  thread lock or just gently nip it up and recheck after a ride.

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But will I learn? This fork end cap did have a hairline crack in it and I thought I’d be clever and make an end plate to splint it but it still opened up. I was fortunate to find a single replacement cat the swap meet and put that on. Job done. Lesson larned!

As an old mechanic told my friend Dean once “tighten it until your cheeks part!” But, in the case of alloys