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Old 04-23-2011, 02:20 AM   #1
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I race a losi 8 and generally do not use thread lock, even on metal to metal as I have had issues in the past with screws getting stuck. Is this a really bad idea?

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Old 04-23-2011, 02:21 AM   #2
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In short, yes.

Metal to metal screws can very easily work themselves loose.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:41 AM   #3
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i've heard of people using elmers glue as an in between. there are some screws you almost never touch and some that go in and out all the time. as long as the screw is clean going in it should stay in fine.
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Well look at it this way, u can either be the guy that shows up to the track and has confidence in his shizzy staying together OR u can be the guy standing on the drivers standsweating his nutz off waiting for something to come apart. Sounds to me like u don't like stripping screws everytime u need to take something apart, or u break. Tell u what to do bro, get yourself some nice quality mip thorp tools, all u really need is a 5/64 and a 3/32 -(and if u got extra coin the ball end for your engine bolts) and you will be set! In my experience they have been the best tools ten fold on my losi, they fit perfect, also a second great choice iv been using latley is dynamites cheap 15$ toolset that has I believe 4 or 5 perfect fitting tools like my mip thorp tools, they come with .50 1/16 5/64 3/32 and then another bigger size my losi doesn't even use so I never pulled it out, anyways those tools have been so much better then my previous tools it's sick. Some losi threadlock cause it has a good tip that doesn't make a mess. Horizonhobby.com !
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you should always run thredlock(blue never red) on all your metal to metal connections, do not use it on the clutch pins, if you are stripn out stuff you need a better set of tools, I have always had good luck with XTM tools
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i've heard of people using elmers glue as an in between. there are some screws you almost never touch and some that go in and out all the time. as long as the screw is clean going in it should stay in fine.
Hmm, never thought of using Elmer's as a thread-locking compound, but I think I'll try that. If anything it should be more user-friendly than nail varnish.

Oh, and Ben, the key is to use just a small amount of thread-lock on a screw; just barely enough to cover the threads on the bottom 1cm or so. More than that will just put unnecessary stress on your screws and tools when you come to unscrew them.
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if you use threadlock
just use a very small amount, not a lot
it will be enough to stick the screw and will get loose again using a tool
also mount the screw in using less power, it will hold..and unscrew more easily

if you applie heat with a soldertool,the threadlock will soften up
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I have always used the Factory team Associated thread locking compound.
Always holds screws in & never a problem removing them, just ensure you always use only a tiny amount...
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i always use the blue removable threadlock just incase any screws come loose, especially around the engine since the vibration can work them loose.
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I use green locktite. Works fine so far.
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if you have trouble getting screws out, you can heat it up a little bit to loosen up the thread lock. i do this almost always. also a good set of tools help also.
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blue loc-tite and Heat gun for me problem solved!
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I always use blue loctite on every screw going into metal even some of the ones into lock nuts. If you use it and you should remember not to crank down the screws too tight. With loctite they will stay where you leave them get them tight but don't muscle them too much and everything will work out very well.
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I use green locktite. Works fine so far.
I thought green was permanent?
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I thought green was permanent?
blue is the go its only med strength so you can remove and be careful using green I used it once as I had nothing else and was force to use a heat gun and a big tool to remove the screw
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