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    Upper link pivots loosening?

    I've got a a 2013 Spider 29 Comp and was riding today when I noticed the bike seemed to me making some noise. I look down and realize one of my upper link pivots was backing out and had made it pretty far. I keep a constant eye on all the pivots and just happened to skip that today in the pre-ride check. I'm curious if anyone else is seeing this and what they have done to remedy the issue?

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    Are you retorqueing them to see if they're loose? That could be the issue.

    Once you "break" locktite, it doesn't work anymore. Set it and forget it.

    If you are concerned take them out, reapply locktite, then tighten down.

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    Add some blue loctite to the female threads and torque to 175 in/lb (20 NM). Make sure to let that dry for a full 24 hours before you ride the bike again. Give this a try and shoot me a message to my personal email below if you continue to have problems.
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    Thanks Sam! I'll give that a shot and let you know.

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    Took the upper link out, cleaned it up and re-torqued with Loctite. No issues since! Eliminated all the squeaks and creaks I was having. Thanks again!

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    Just quick tip, I found that I had a hell of a time re-aligning the frame to the link after removing the upper bolts, so I have been backing out the bolts 90% of the way, putting the loctite on the threads of the link, then retightening to proper spec. It saved me a ton of time and headaches and makes it easier to keep up on as regular maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithrider View Post
    Just quick tip, I found that I had a hell of a time re-aligning the frame to the link after removing the upper bolts, so I have been backing out the bolts 90% of the way, putting the loctite on the threads of the link, then retightening to proper spec. It saved me a ton of time and headaches and makes it easier to keep up on as regular maintenance.
    Reassembling everything slightly loose makes it all go together much smoother. This way you can fully tighten everything back to torque spec at the end
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    Thanks, appreciate the tip!

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