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Old 04-29-2012, 11:10 AM
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grip bushing problems




hey guys, I dont know why, but i keep having to change out grip bushings. I don't over tighten them or anything, but when i go to change grips the bushings come out too and the threads are stripped. I replaced them all with wilsons and they have the same problem. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:28 AM
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Make sure the replacement bushings and the threads in the grip are VERY dry and clean (no oil)

Then use blue loctite on the threads of the bushing. Clean off all excess and let it set over night. Then reapply grips with a tiny amount of oil on the grip screw threads.

This will lock in your bushings and allow easy removal of the grip screws

This will work--- but only if you haven't stripped (or cross threaded) the threads in your grip--which is quite possible
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:58 AM
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You can also use a THIN "O" ring under the grip screws. This allows you to get the screws tight enough to not work out but still easily removed.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:58 PM
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thanks. i think il try the loctite and o rings. i know the grip screws and the bushing arent cross threaded because they come apart easily and correctly, and the bushings and grip screws work fine and go in easily but then like a month or two out when i take off the grips the bushing decides it wants to come too.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:28 PM
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Quit changing grips.....so often.....................
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:37 PM
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yeah but I'm trying to make grips so i kinda have to take mine off to fit them.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:05 PM
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blue loctite on bushings threads ONLY

let them cure over night before putting a grip screw on


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Old 04-29-2012, 09:06 PM
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the way you say ONLY makes me think theres some place where i should make sure i dont get it... would that just be where the grip screw screws in?
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:21 PM
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You could stake them and that would solve your issue.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:40 AM
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the way you say ONLY makes me think theres some place where i should make sure i dont get it... would that just be where the grip screw screws in?
yep

that's why I suggested you wait til the next day to put the screws in.
The Loctite will be dried/cured by then.

It's just a precaution in case a little glue got on/in the bushing grip screw threads


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Old 04-30-2012, 05:28 PM
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yeah i understand that, i just wanted to make sure there wasnt anywhere else i needed to avoid getting it. thats probably a good idea to wait. thanks for the help, hopefully this will be the last set i'll need for a while
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:15 PM
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You are probably over tightening the grip bushings. Use loctite and get them snug. If you over tighten them you will strip them. I'd imagine the Wilson's are still a relatively soft metal- if the bushing material is too hard you'll strip the threads in your frame itself.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:29 PM
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You are probably over tightening the grip bushings. Use loctite and get them snug. If you over tighten them you will strip them. I'd imagine the Wilson's are still a relatively soft metal- if the bushing material is too hard you'll strip the threads in your frame itself.
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You are probably over tightening the grip bushings. Use loctite and get them snug. If you over tighten them you will strip them. I'd imagine the Wilson's are still a relatively soft metal- if the bushing material is too hard you'll strip the threads in your frame itself.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:55 PM
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Crash has the right solution. They need to be staked. You can do this two ways, the traditional way which requires buying a staking tool or the easy way.

The easy way is to run the bushing in snug, then take a 1/8th. centerpunch, put the point on the joint where the bushing and frame meet and lightly strike the centerpunch with a small hammer just enough to move a little metal. This will hold the Bushing in place but not cause problems if you try to remove them later.

The other thing is to quit torquing down your gripscrews!
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:52 PM
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haha well i guess i should relax on the tightening then but i may try staking too. in addition to loctite
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