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Old 11-28-2011, 10:51 AM   #71
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It is more a vibrating loose as the gasket compresses with age... Did mine at the start of the season and now with over 5000 miles on it they are still snug. I think the jam nut would just make it harder to tighten as the gasket compresses more.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:37 PM   #72
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It is more a vibrating loose as the gasket compresses with age... Did mine at the start of the season and now with over 5000 miles on it they are still snug. I think the jam nut would just make it harder to tighten as the gasket compresses more.
While some loosening can be caused by the gasket compressing over time, I feel that loosening could permit even further loosening due to vibration (I'm thinking that is what you were saying).

I do not see how a jam nut would make it harder to tighten the bolts unless the threaded section is too short to accommodate the jam nut. If that is the case, it would be easy to replace the bolts with ones with more threads or, if the threads are cut threads instead of rolled, use a die to cut more threads in the shank.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:37 AM   #73
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I do not see how a jam nut would make it harder to tighten the bolts unless the threaded section is too short to accommodate the jam nut. If that is the case, it would be easy to replace the bolts with ones with more threads or, if the threads are cut threads instead of rolled, use a die to cut more threads in the shank.
Space is limited to get in there (at least on mine) and usually once you tighten it once it does not loosen much again... the first big loosen is from the compression of the gasket. I put over 5000 miles on mine since I tightened them this spring and they are still tight..
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:59 PM   #74
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When I winterized the 5er 2 weeks ago, I rechecked the bolts that I tightened last May. They were OK back then but I added about a half turn to be on the safe side. Still snug today but this will be an annual ritual from now on plus it is also a good time to clean the filter.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:56 PM   #75
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can you just put fiber lock nuts on them so they will not loosen ?
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:07 PM   #76
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can you just put fiber lock nuts on them so they will not loosen ?
It is not really loosening.. its the foam gasket compressing....
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:18 PM   #77
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In my case it was either improperly installed or they loosened. Here's mine after only 1 trip:



I am planning on putting Loctite on mine, I figure it can't hurt.
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Checking mine today for sure..
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What size socket will I need to tightn them? Also, what tools will I need to remove the inside panel?
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:59 AM   #80
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Inside cover is 4 Phillips head screws. Hold down screws are 4 small 3/8 or 5/16 in.
Caution, don't over tighten them, just enough to slightly compress the rubber gasket on the roof.
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