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Old 21-03-2015, 21:42   #16
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Re: Spring lock washers out of favor?

Jim, I really recommend you replace the spring washers with the Nord Lock if you don't want the nuts loosening up.
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Old 22-03-2015, 03:28   #17
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Re: Spring lock washers out of favor?

Thanks for bringing this up , OP, now I can quit using those annoying spring washers. Hopefully I can find a source of stainless nordlocks in Hobart. Cheers.
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Having owned and worked on Harleys for many years, I can say with confidence, the vibration environment we have on sailboats ain't nuthin'.

On my current scoot (a 2003 model), there are very few lock washers. More common are lock-nuts. Almost universally, anyone who has worked on Harley Davidsons becomes best friends with blue (and sometimes red) loctite. On the boat, I use Nylocs for most stainless fasteners. When those are inappropriate for whatever reason, I use blue loctite. On the engine for steel fasteners, I use whatever was original to the engine + blue loctite.
+1 - I also spent a lot of time and loctite on my shovelhead - the level of vibration on my little boat diesel doesnt concern me much but i noticed when i got a really experienced mechanic to bolt on a new clutchplate he didnt replace the original safety wire, he reckoned loctite was better, so i let it be and a few years on no probs.
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Old 22-03-2015, 05:32   #19
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Is that the belt, belt and suspenders method?
I believe that would be a belt, suspenders and hand,....
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Old 22-03-2015, 05:39   #20
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Re: Spring lock washers out of favor?

I don't know if anyone else noticed this.

In the OP's link, look in the 3rd paragraph. The issue ONLY HAPPENS if the bolt hole is too large for the bolt being used. If the bolt is properly sized for the hole it is a NON-ISSUE.
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Never heard of nord-locks. Looked up their website but didn't find any explanation of exactly how they work. Can anyone enlighten me?

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Re: Spring lock washers out of favor?

Not concerned about the reliability of either lockwashers or self-locking nuts. Have had no failures.
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Not concerned about the reliability of either lockwashers or self-locking nuts. Have had no failures.
I was looking this up because all six nuts on my transmission bell housing adapter were loose just 2 months after getting it serviced. I guess there is a chance they were not tightened up but it got me to thinking about a better solution.
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