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mm5aho
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Backstay insulators

Postby mm5aho » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:53 am

I have them in my backstay, but the stay needs to be replaced (a strand astray).
But cannot get the insulators unscrewed. Have lubricated the thread, tries a little heat, no joy. And if I get one end undone, I fear I'd never get the other end off as there's nothing to turn against. There's nothing on the body to put a spanner on, only the stay studs at each end. Any brilliant suggestions?
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Re: Backstay insulators

Postby cpedw » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:27 am

A strap wrench is my first thought but has probably been yours too. With sandpaper to improve the grip.

If that doesn't do it, how about a locknut on the undone thread (when you get one end off!)? Put it back with a nut on, tighten the nut on the insulator, take off the 2nd end, then there are 2 flats on the 1st end to allow that to be undone.

Pure speculation on my part. Good luck!

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Re: Backstay insulators

Postby mm5aho » Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:15 pm

so far no luck moving any of the four ends!
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Re: Backstay insulators

Postby sahona » Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:46 pm

Sounds like galling to me Geoff. Which means you will probably have to destroy the wire terminal in order to save the insulator.
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