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potential nosedive? Mutant TT Stem question(2 posts)

potential nosedive? Mutant TT Stem questionfunknuggets
Apr 29, 2002 6:59 AM
I remember seeing a whole thread on where to use locktite, etc. However what do you do with a stem that seems to unexpectedly slip from time to time. I do not know what is causing it, but I would swear I am tightening to the point that either my handlebars are going to get dented or I am going to strip the bolts on my stem. Any suggestions to prevent the handlebars from slipping or do you see it as a mechanical defect and do ditch the stem???
re: potential nosedive? Mutant TT Stem questioncurlybike
Apr 29, 2002 7:52 AM
I have solved slipping bars by using a tough grade of loctite(271 or Quickmetal) between the bar and stem. You should prime any non-ferrous parts with loctite primer and then add Loctite. The fact that the stem has a front plate will keep the bond from being permanent, you would just remove the bolts and rap the plate with a soft hammer to break the bond. Lube the bolts and avoid loctiteing them, that could cause a big problem with those grades of Loctite.