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post #1 of 15 Old 11-25-2016, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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License plate attempts escape

About halfway through a several-hour trip today, a passerby pointed out that my license plate was hanging askew, kept in place by only one of what originally was two of those blue reflector things with the wing nut (like these: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Product...late+reflector).

Obviously, one reflector worked its way completely loose at some point. Pretty sure it was there this morning, so I can only imagine the vibrations from 10+ miles of gravel, dirt, and dirt-with-tons-of-embedded-rocks roads worked one of those things loose.

I can buy another reflector/fastener, but how do I keep this from happening again? Add "inspect license plate fasteners" to the pre-ride checklist? I had secured the existing ones with blue Loctite, but apparently that isn't enough.

I don't really want to put red Loctite on there. True, I'll never need to remove the plate unless I sell the bike, but red Loctite is a big pain in the ass to remove. I try not to use it when alternatives exist.
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-25-2016, 10:14 PM
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Get rid of the wing nuts and use nylock nuts.

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Ooo good call, easy too. I mean the wing nuts are nice for making it easy to put the things on, but those Nylok nuts won't vibrate loose. Thanks!
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Lock washers have worked for decades too. Simple bits of hardware that have been around many long time.
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Tie wrap work the charm and really quick. I always carry a couple just for that sort of stuff
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Maybe they were not tightened properly to begin with. I'd replace the wing nut, make sure it's tight and keep an eye on it until feel it won't go anywhere. That's how it happened for me.
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Lock washers have worked for decades too. Simple bits of hardware that have been around many long time.
https://engineerdog.com/2015/01/11/1...out-fasteners/


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post #8 of 15 Old 11-27-2016, 01:46 PM
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Good information!
Past experience has lead me to be able to trust them despite their scientifically proven failure rate.
Bumble bee's aren't suppose to be scientifically able to fly either.
I've seen the vibration tests the quickly unraveled a lot of fasteners. Very fascinating. But failed under extreme conditions most of us don't experience on a bike.
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I use stainless steel M6 nylon lock nuts and socket head hex screws on all my bikes.

No reason to make it so easy to steal the plate without tools.
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Yeah, I'm going to go with the nylon-insert lock nuts. The bike is parked in my garage or another relatively secure environment almost all the time, but there's no reason to take a chance of someone lifting my plate. It's just the sort of PITA property crime for which our city is notorious.
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