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Old 30-06-2020, 08:59   #1
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Has anyone reused StaLok rigging terminals and just replaced the wire? Or is it always best to replace the wire and terminals when re-rigging?
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Re: StaLok

Haven't done it with Stalock specifically, but have with Norseman fittings. Re rigged my previous boat a couple times with new wire and cones. The mast is still standing, so.... Current boat has Stalock fittings, plan to do the same when the time comes.
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Has anyone reused StaLok rigging terminals and just replaced the wire? Or is it always best to replace the wire and terminals when re-rigging?
Thanks for the world of experience everyone supplies. I don't have time to make all the mistakes myself.
They are designed to be reused, it’s not just marketing hype. The big investment at the front end pays off in the ability to reuse the fittings in the future. Great stuff in my opinion.
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Re: StaLok

The big problem is getting the fittings apart if someone has used caulking in the assembly. Have done it with some judiciously applied heat with lifecaulk as a sealant on Norseman's which are essentially the same. After heat and much rotation of the fitting used a hammer and block of wood to drive the upper portion up the wire. Cleaned off the LifeCaulk as best I could then opened up the cone with a chisel in the slot so I could slide that off. Needed to save the wire with a furler.

Easiest way is to cut off the terminal then drive out the core wire bundle with a drift.
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Old 30-06-2020, 15:31   #5
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We have staloks on the outer forestay. Both top and bottom.


Very good stuff, if expensive and time consuming (mostly - to UNDO).


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Actually not that expensive of you consider the cost of having swage fittings applied in a rigging shop. I recently had my head stay replaced at a well known local shop, then found I could have done it myself for $10 less using Stalok fittings and wire from Rigging Only. The swage fittings from the shop were cheaper, but they charged me more than the difference to install them. I went ahead and replaced all the rest myself with Sta-loks.
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Re: StaLok

We've used Sta-Loks for a long time, although this boat has a mixture. One is told to replace the cones. We always have, but some people have got away with re-using them.


I have experienced one dismasting. It was NOT due to a Sta-Lok failing; however, I would not want to experience another one. It seems prudent to follow the manufacturer's instructions.


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Typical prices here are like 1 : 4.


Our wires with 6mm dia take 15USD swage terminals. A Stalok terminal is about USD60 size for size (first cone included). Allowed for the swage done by a rigger down here this ratio drops to about 1 : 2.



I like Staloks and could use them more but they do not fit our top (in-mast) backing plates on shrouds.


There are a number of companies that use different names but the fitting is always similar.



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Btw if you use threaded Stalok style fittings then you replace them each time and the benefit is gone.


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