greasing chainring bolts….

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  • greasing chainring bolts….
  • I wouldn’t put grease on chainring bolts, full stop. Loctite yes – grease no.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    gonzy
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    got a new blackspire stinger yesterday so like a giddy child with a new toy i went about fitting it last night….while the chainset was off i decided i might as well replace the chainrings, but i didnt put any grease on the threads of the chain ring bolts….
    am i asking for trouble in the long run or can i get away with it?

    gonzy
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    good job i didnt put any grease on them then….the thought had crossed my mind…looks like i’ll be taking it all apart again to add the threadlock….missus wont be happy!! 😛

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    Why take it all apart? Just take the chainring bolts off…

    Rob Hilton
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    I grease them & I haven’t died yet.

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    I grease the outside of the outerbit, but not the threads, I’ve not be othered with threadlock on the threads tbh, seems fine.

    gonzy
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    Why take it all apart? Just take the chainring bolts off…

    so i can get at the granny ring…it’s a 2 ring and bash set up

    greeble
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    I copper grease mine

    scruff
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    Always grease threads on mine. Steel bolts innit.

    DanW
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    As far as I recall Loctite is better in every bolt situation bar none you would be tempted to use grease with. Happy to be corrected though as I can’t find the article 😀

    fivespot
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    Always grease mine. Lube on a thread actually lets you tighten the bolt more. Never had a chain ring bolt come loose yet 😉

    patriotpro
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    to grease or not to grease, that is the question.

    Sui
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    i’m a greaser 🙂

    Sui
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    mind you I also grease every bolt I can find on my bike 0 no real reason other than a probably bad habit.

    robj20
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    Dab of copper grease on the threads of mine, without then can be a pain to remove as they just rotate.

    Lube on a thread actually lets you tighten the bolt more.

    True. If I was going to use a grease, I’d go copper-slip as you could argue it’s an anti-seize, so doing what you’d want the grease to do. Grease is great for parts that move against one another, but an anti-seize is better for parts that don’t.

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    I usually use grease on mine. I have used blue Loctite in the past, but it can be a PITA to clean off, especially from the female threads!

    I just put a bash on a 2 week old set of XTR cranks. I’d say that Shimano uses a threadlock on them at the factory; it took quite a bit of force to break them free! So I used the thin, green loctite (low strength for screws) when I reassembled them. We’ll see how well it works.

    walleater
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    I’ve seen more than one Shimano chainring bolt snap due to the stupid forces needed to break the threadlock that they use. I’ve never had a problem with using grease.

    DanW
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    Shimano factory bolts are over torqued- the threadlock used is pretty irrelevant.

    Medium strength Loctite is best in almost all applications. It acts as an anti-seize as well as holding the torque originally applied to the bolt better than other options

    teasel
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    As Unklehomered suggests, it’s worth putting a film of grease/anti-seize on the outer section of the bolt. A failure to do this sometimes results in mysterious and hard-to-locate clicks.

    makeitorange
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    ..results in mysterious and hard-to-locate clicks.

    Yep, that’s why I’m a greaser – I have a deep hatred of my bike making any creaks or clicks and grease seems to be the best way to avoid this.

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    Loctite 243 (blue) for me.
    Have used grease before when I had no loctite to hand and it resulted in bolts coming loose. This was on a single ring set up with the thinner single-ring specific bolts. Never had a double/triple come undone with grease or Loctite, but having had the single ring bolts come loose, I won’t be using grease for any set-up.

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