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#11812797 - 09/04/16 11:34 PM Suggestion for loosening screws
TwoLakes Offline
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Registered: 08/04/09
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Loc: Texarkana, AR
The screws that hold the shift lever to the fiberglass of my Skeeter ZX21 keep coming loose. They were over tightened by someone (probably whoever put the hotfoot on??). I could buy larger screws, but I'm not confident they won't enlarge the holes and start backing out as well. How do you guys resolve this issue to get the screws tightened back up? Is there a certain screw that works better in fiberglass if the answer is to get larger screws?

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#11812801 - 09/04/16 11:39 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
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Locktite Threadblocker, problem solved


Edited by Frank the Tank (09/04/16 11:39 PM)
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#11812823 - 09/04/16 11:53 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: Frank the Tank]
TwoLakes Offline
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Thanks Frank. I haven't used lock tite on fiberglass before. Can I get the screws back out if needed in the future?

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#11812844 - 09/05/16 12:25 AM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
Anchorman Offline
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Use the blue thread locker and you should be okay. Red is high strength. Blue is medium strength.
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#11812867 - 09/05/16 05:24 AM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
MtnHm203 Online   content
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Registered: 01/12/09
Posts: 441
If the threads are truly stripped out, Use epoxy or wood glue, and glue a round toothpick into the holes. When dry, you can snap off the toothpick that is sticking out, and reinstall the screws. Works great for stripped holes.

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#11812886 - 09/05/16 07:02 AM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
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If you can get behind the glass cut a small piece of wood and pre-drill the hole, glue it in place, then you will have a solid reusable mount...
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#11812969 - 09/05/16 08:35 AM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
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What type of screws were used? If they are machine screws, switch them out for wood screws, threading is much deeper on wood screws, might help grab the fiberglass.
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#11813700 - 09/05/16 06:27 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: KCFISH'N]
PhishWhisperer Offline
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Registered: 07/29/12
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Loc: Orange, TX
Originally Posted By: KCFISH'N
If you can get behind the glass cut a small piece of wood and pre-drill the hole, glue it in place, then you will have a solid reusable mount...


The above is a good solution, but if you have access to use a wood backup then the best solution is to replace the screws with bolts, washers, and nylon locknuts. Screws are a bad fastener to use in fiberglass.

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#11813869 - 09/05/16 08:10 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: PhishWhisperer]
TwoLakes Offline
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Registered: 08/04/09
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Loc: Texarkana, AR
I'll pull the few remaining screws out this week hopefully and see what I have. There are some good suggestions here and I'm sure I'll use one or more of them. Thanks All.

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#11814409 - 09/06/16 09:20 AM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
ezbassin Offline
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Silicone glue if the screw still has something to thread into. If the hole is too big fill it with epoxy and re-drill it to the size you need. Then put silicone glue on the threads and screw it back in.


Edited by ezbassin (09/06/16 09:22 AM)

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#11814678 - 09/06/16 12:09 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
Jigfish Offline
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Registered: 02/28/03
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Loc: Tx
Locktite Threadblocker, problem solved
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#11814721 - 09/06/16 12:30 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
HOTBAMike Offline
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Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 154
Loc: Killeen, TX
Thread locker would be my choice as well. No doubt the other options would work too.


Edited by HOTBAMike (09/06/16 12:31 PM)
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#11814787 - 09/06/16 01:12 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
DCmac Offline
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Registered: 08/02/12
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Loc: SW Okla
Another possible solution? If you have access behind the lever (I do on my aluminum V) drill the holes thru and remount with machine screws and nylok nuts.
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#11814985 - 09/06/16 03:26 PM Re: Suggestion for loosening screws [Re: TwoLakes]
bradnitro175 Online   content
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Registered: 07/11/08
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Loc: Dallas,tx
Cut the tie end off a ziptie and place the flat side in the hole and insert screw.works like a sheet rock anchor

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