I'm going to mount up some new Shimano adapters this evening. Both front and rear. I'm starting with the rear first. Just getting into it, I've found that I'm already stumped as to how in the he** the little, black, plastic cap thingys are supposed to interact with the mounting bolts. The caps come loose in the packaging, and not already installed onto the bolts. The Shimano instructions make it sound like the bolt head "sinks" into the opening of the cap, with the cap prongs facing in the same direction as the bolt stem. Then, there's a washer on the bolt. The washer was on the bolt straight out of the package. The washer will not come off of the bolt stem (too tight, and not meant to be removed I suppose). So, if I understand correctly, the cap needs to go in between the bolt head and the washer, and "clamp onto" the piece of bolt stem in between. Make sense? Do I have this right? If so, what's the best way to get the cap "open" enough to get the bolt head to pass through it, but not the washer...........because that's the only way I see the two working together with one another?
On a completely different note, do I even really need to use the caps at all? In other words, can I not just tighten the bolts to torque spec, without the use of the plastic caps in between, and be done with it? What do the rest of you do about it?
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