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    Intake grate screw question...

    I noticed one of my screws that holds the intake grate on my RXP hangs down lower then the rest. The others sit flush while this one sticks out a bit. I thought it was lose, but when I went to tighten it it was tight.

    It hangs down enough I think it might effect top speed. Anyone else have this problem? Is it an easy fix?


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    Keith, it probably feels tight because there is loc tite on the threads.
    I would remove the bolt. Clean the threads, reapply some loc tite and run it back in.

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    Don't forget to heat it a little with a soldering iron to loosten the loctite otherwise it may break... Ron

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    Alright, I'll give that a try next time I'm at the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King_Of_Fun View Post
    Don't forget to heat it a little with a soldering iron to loosten the loctite otherwise it may break... Ron
    Would a heat gun also work?

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    Yes it could work however, more than one person has applied too much heat to it allowing the insert to spin. Much safer heat wise with the soldering iron/gun.





    Quote Originally Posted by KeithKman View Post
    Would a heat gun also work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC View Post
    Yes it could work however, more than one person has applied too much heat to it allowing the insert to spin. Much safer heat wise with the soldering iron/gun.
    So just push the sodering iron the bolt head for a bit to heat it up? Sounds easy.

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    That's what I did, but it didn't work. The inserts still spun and I ended up having to pull the grate off with the bolts still in. I would try it though before you try to loosen them. When I finally got the grate out and got the screws out of the inserts I found red loc-tite on the all of the threads of the bolt. There was no way they we're coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mksmi View Post
    That's what I did, but it didn't work. The inserts still spun and I ended up having to pull the grate off with the bolts still in. I would try it though before you try to loosen them. When I finally got the grate out and got the screws out of the inserts I found red loc-tite on the all of the threads of the bolt. There was no way they we're coming out.
    Yeah red is fun, I used to repair Scott SCBAs they had parts that were sealed with BlackMax Loctite, now that is fun shit to play with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mksmi View Post
    That's what I did, but it didn't work. The inserts still spun


    This is why i never recommend heating the bolts first. When you heat them the brass insert heats up and melts the plastic that's surrounding it and the inserts spin.

    Just use steady even pressure to remove the bolt. If you feel it get tight then run it back up a bit and then try to back out again. I have removed many grate bolts this way and not once had an insert spin on me.

    Please don't heat the bolts guys!!!!

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