Lost a Fin.

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Joined 2009-10-10

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Was out riding yesterday on my 9m Rise and 150 Mako.  Came down off a boost and the board felt real skatey.  Looked down and no screws and no fin!  I’m a weekend warrior and by no means riding everyday. I look after my gear well and just tightened all the screws last week on the board.  Do guys use loctite?  What do guys do to avoid this.

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JD


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no need for loctite.
Get a good screwdriver with a Phillips 3 drive, no Phillips or pozidriv 2, but the real thang. Anything else messes up the screws drive slot, plus it won’t tighten as well.
Especially if you intend to take off straps and fins every now and then for travel, this is a very cool investment.
I’ve mentioned it before, good reading material on screws.
The thread design for metric screws is “self locking”, that is, when tightened appropriately, they stay put.


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Is it possible it busted off??????  The other fin is bolted on rock solid and what are the chances both screws being loosened.  The more I think about it the more it seems it snapped off.  Is this plausible?

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JD


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mmm never heard of that happening. I’d say, if that happened, you would have some damage to the board as well, dents and scratches, did you check for this?


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The board is mint. Just really weird.  I guess we’ll make sure the new one is bolted in good.

Thanks,
JD


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Hi Guys

I always use teflon tape on my fin bolts, even my strap and handle bolts as well, they stay put and are easy to remove when travelling. Started doing this on my old mako Classic many years ago and have never lost a bolt on any of my boards!


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