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    How tight?

    NO... not that "how tight". But I put my new grate on today and used a hand socket wrench and tightened the three bolts to the plate as tight as I can turn. Is this too tight? Or should these bolts be literally as tight as you possibly can turn? I ask because my pump shoe broke because i had the center bolt snap in half so it had to be replaced. So should these things just be put on and a little tight with a socket wrench or should they be so tight that I have to have someone hold the ski on the trailer while I crank on the socket wrench? Thanks for any feedback... 2007 RXP
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    2 words --- RED LOCTITE

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFizzleJR View Post
    2 words --- RED LOCTITE
    Blue 242 or 243... if you ever want to get em back out

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    what the piss is blue 243 or red locklite? I guess I can look it up.. Hey bigdaddy (i feel weird saying that) but thanks for the info on the kanaflex 4"OD coupler from spectre. That thing is sweet and works wonders. Got advanced auto to order it for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toilets View Post
    what the piss is blue 243 or red locklite? I guess I can look it up.. Hey bigdaddy (i feel weird saying that) but thanks for the info on the kanaflex 4"OD coupler from spectre. That thing is sweet and works wonders. Got advanced auto to order it for me...
    Loc-tite is a thread compound that keeps the bolts from getting loose. Blue is a medium strength and red is considered permanent. Head back to advance auto parts... as they will have both

    Yea... that spectre fitting is the way to go... glad you found it!

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    Thanks man.. So in short these things need to be on there really really tight? I will also get the loc lite too and apply that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toilets View Post
    Thanks man.. So in short these things need to be on there really really tight? I will also get the loc lite too and apply that.
    I wouldn't kill them... they will have to much stress on them and break! Just get them good and snug with blue 242 on the threads... and your good to go

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    You should buy a inch/lb torque wrench and use it. If you are going to be working on your ski, you will use it. If you crank to hard on those bolts, you will be replacing the pump shoe again, soon.

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    the concept of threadlockers is when they are applied properly and cured it will keep the bolt from loosening without overtightening it to the point that it's about to break. it does sound like you need a torque wrench and the torque specs for the bolts on your ski until you get an idea of how tight the bolts should be. my torque wrench is built into my elbow for most stuff

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    sanding the permatex

    Also is it ok to sand the permatex silicone to make it smooth? I added the permatex to the grate and around the ride plate to fill in the lines and around the grate. My question is would it be ok to use a light sander and sand down the silicone to make it smooth? Or do you all recommend I do something else to have the silicone smooth? Thanks again for all the feedback

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