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Stainless Allen heads, property class 70 or better is ok . 80 is overkill but donít use 60
I thought a propane torch was needed to soften the Locktite on some brake rotor bolts. I think 450 degrees was the temperature that you aim for. And it really doesn't seem to bother the paint if you aim for the bolt head.
I'd caution you about using stainless for that purpose. They are soft and not intended for high torque applications.
To get past the galling issue,I use antisneeze on them with schnoor washers and use the correct torque. I check them at tire changes and never have found a loose one in hundreds of thousands of miles. If I was a manufacturer and had to ensure they would never come loose and never be checked during the life of the disc or risk a strong liability lawsuit by someone who has trouble operating a paper clip, Iíd lock tite them. Iíve had loctited rotor bolts pull threads even heated for removal. If Iím doing the work for someone else Iíll locktite them as well but for myself I prefer to use the antisneeze method if I have the choice but I recommend anyone else to use new factory fasteners and their retention methods.
John, Isn't Loctite *supposed* to prevent galling since, in theory, it eliminates metal to metal contact? Not doubting your experience, just surprised it's never happened to me.
I use Lock tight whenever I need it. Just another tool in the box. It works well for it's intended purpose as does other methods of nut and bolt retention. A well stocked work bench should be able to take care of most jobs you are comfortable tackling.
Absolutely agree. Unfortunately, Iím a single dude living in a small apartment with no shed/garage to work on the bike during crummier weather. At least gifted enough to have off-street parking, so I have something to be thankful for :)The materialist in me (MORE TOOLS!!) is constantly at struggle with the pragmatic (how often will you USE it?) and minimalist (any more tools, Dirk, and youíll have to sleep out on the porch). Hence why I choose to not buy the bearing puller mentioned in my Replacing Bearings thread.This thread doesnít seem to have any unanimous consensus regarding bolt material Ď strength. I think Iíll spend some more time searching around. My thinking based off everyoneís comments tells me that flexible is better than brittle, weather resistance wins out above all, and that bolt head type really only needs to satisfy clearance. And I ride in winter here in New Hampshire, so perhaps the brine on the roads is a good enough threadlocker :D
Speaking of thread lock, has anyone used a product called Vibra-Tite? https://www.vibra-tite.com/Since the product is non-hardening, it sounds to me like a more suitable product for many applications than traditional Locktight.
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