Threadlocker Yes or No??????

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by misteright1_99, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. I was wondering what members opinions were pertaining to useing some form of threadlocker such as Loctite or Permatex on the nuts and bolts on their engines and bikes? What is your favorite brand and color?
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008

  2. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Yes- absolutely- Loctite- Blue on most, I used red on the bolt that retains the clutch bellhousing.
  3. stringer

    stringer Banned

    i like green the best
  4. kerf

    kerf Guest

    I've found using Loctite, robs me of the joy of discovering missing parts after a ride. Nothing beats walking miles of roadway looking for bits of shiny metal.
  5. I just started using the red Gel. I have been useing Loctite forever and never had any problems.
  6. 4doora

    4doora Guest

  7. Alan

    Alan Member

    Blue, rarely red:evil: Unless you want it superglued.
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  8. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Blue is good enough. Red is more expensive, and might be too strong for the tiny nuts and bolts that we use on our kits. You need to be able to remove them if you have to.
  9. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Blue is what I've always used. I just slather it on there and wipe off the extra. Red should hold better especially under high heat situations BUT you need to cook it off with a butane torch in order to remove the part again. Yes, Locktite EVERYTHING. It can't hurt your bike but it can sure as heck save you a lot of hassle and breakdowns.
  10. decompiler

    decompiler Member

    Loctite and other products like it are an absolute must. Without it, your motorized bike WILL basically shake itself apart. Blue threadlocker will be good enough for nearly all the parts youy need to keep tightened.

    Heck, my kick stand nearly fell off because it was the only thing I didn't use blue threadlocker on.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008
  11. jared3377

    jared3377 Member

    Anything that says "lock" on it is good in my book: lock washers, lock nuts, and especially loctite. I use the blue stuff because luckily a hardware store employee stopped me before I bought something stronger by saying, "You wanna be able to get the nuts back off, right?" It's a good thing she was there... :grin:
  12. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    That's pretty good !! Truthful, too.

    You can use 2 nuts jammed against each other, or a nylon locknut. I have seen loctite used & you would break the screw trying to get it lose ! ALSo, fingernail polish works good.
  13. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    I've never had anything loosen with blue- and nothing I wanted to get off has ever refused with it either. I agree with all comments about doing whatever you can to keep the nuts in place (I will resist the urge to be juvenile...but you have no idea how hard it is).

    For instance, on the 9 bolts holding my sprocket on, I have blue loctite, and nylon locknuts as jam nuts....and as soon as I can get to a place with a decent stock- I'll have loctited acorn nuts on every bolt- but's that's just for a finishing detail- at last count, I have 25 acorn nuts and 17 more to be added- all with blue loctite.
  14. Alan

    Alan Member

    And if any of you guys are fresh out of nail polish, which might be the case for most of us,:lol:, A little silicon adhesive/caulk works too.

    I do have nail polish. :oops: (my wife's ;) )
    And that is a good cheap alternative, available for a buck at dollar stores.
  15. datz510

    datz510 Member

    Yes.. Blue threadlocker is a MUST!!!!

    I have not had a single bolt back out on my HT engine installation due to the use of the blue goo on them.

    I now have 270 miles on mine with no problems at all.
  16. miletwo

    miletwo Member

    I thoroughly recommend loctite. I made the inaguaral ride on my new yardman powered bike yesterday and had no compression by the time I got home... cylinder had rattled itself loose. A little loctite would have saved me having to just about kill myself getting up the hill by my house.

    Use it... it's awesome.
  17. bigdan

    bigdan Member

    If I don't have any loctite, which is most of the time, I'll take a grocery bag, cut a little strip out of it, and rap it around the threads a couple times like teflon tape. Then I just thread the nut over it. Presto Change-O! instant lock nut. My friends and I have been doing this on our skateboards since we were little kids.
  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    In rare cases where threadlockers demand even more -- I have used epoxy -- light coat of JB weld usually can still be broken loose when wanted. For repairs of slightly stripped threads without drilling out and inserting a stud saver -- epoxy used many times with fair to good results--- Happy Riding from - Mountainman
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2008
  19. mark2yahu

    mark2yahu Member

    Misteright1_99, I personally use this stuff from Wallyworld....Household Goop, or RV Goop, as a kind of Loctite. You don't need a fact I just apply it mostly outside the threads, and that way it can be pulled off because it dries like clear hard rubber. It keeps the nuts, bolts and screws right where they should, but I can still remove them if I have to. And it's good all-purpose glue.

    oh, and silicon glue and nail polish works also ;)
  20. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    Brilliant! I always figure loctite is made by the oil (or heroin) companies, as it's $5 for a little tiny amount, and if the tube freezes it gets screwed up, and it runs out of the tube like water and you spill 90% of it not on the threads of the stuff you work on.

    So this plastic bag thing, I have lots of them... stick it to the (loctite) man!
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