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    Shimming trim tabs: Whats the trick?

    How does everybody shim their trim tabs? Meaning how do you get the spacers to stay in place while getting the bolts in? Am I missing something? I even tried taping the bolts in the other side so they will hold the washer on and then trying to line everything up... I didn't have much success... whats the trick? I am trying to work with the new style plastic tabs for now until my metal ones show up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow93 View Post
    How does everybody shim their trim tabs? Meaning how do you get the spacers to stay in place while getting the bolts in? Am I missing something? I even tried taping the bolts in the other side so they will hold the washer on and then trying to line everything up... I didn't have much success... whats the trick? I am trying to work with the new style plastic tabs for now until my metal ones show up.
    Spud taught me a trick on this. Glue!!!! works great to hold em place.

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    I loosen my sponsons up first.I put the two front bolts through the front tab holes and hold them with my fingers,with one hand, so they wont fall out,then add whatever size washers i have over the bolts,on the top side,then grab the tab with both hands and get the bolts started in the hull.After letting it free hang,you will have enough room to install the back two bolts/washers,one at a time.REMEMBER: if your adding washers,get longer AND better bolts.Especially when your adding .100 + .
    I would NOT run plastic tabs with washers.I know you are getting metal ones,just looking out for your safety.

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    I taped the bottom side of three bolts and installed the washers on all while i was holding the 4th with my hand and got it started on just a few threads and then just line up the others,this worked for me...

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    Just a small spot of any brand of RTV silicone will hold the washers/shims just fine..

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    Quote Originally Posted by osidebill View Post
    Spud taught me a trick on this. Glue!!!! works great to hold em place.
    +1 small dot of superglue
    Last edited by Hydrotherapy; 08-24-2007 at 09:10 AM.

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    +1 on super glue - Using larger SS fender washers help you get at them a little easier if the glue lets loose .

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    +1 on super glue - Using larger SS fender washers help you get at them a little easier if the glue lets loose 5/16 is the diameter I use.

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    I use the same trick that I use on those pesky piston pin washers, a dab of grease will hold them in place, plus slightly steady hands.

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    I'm with LT1GMC. I use a dab of grease.

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