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    Aluminium bolts, where can and cant they go?

    im looking at buying some anodized aluminium bolts for pretty much every bolt on my bike. my question is where can and cant they go. ive read they can only be used on non-stress areas. Can i put them on the stem, headset and brake mounts then?
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    The general consensus is that Ti/steel bolts are only needed for the stem and seatpost binder bolts. Also, you'll need Ti for pivots on a fully if that's what you have and want to swap out those bolts. Everything else can be Al, IMO. I wouldn't know but you might also want some Ti for disc brake rotors; prolly just the front, though? My hardtail has Al everywhere but the stem and seatpost binder and has been rock solid.
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Its all about Safe, not Sorry..

    I second what AXIS stated.. You dont want to set yourself up for any injury .

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    right. im going to leave the rotor and stem bolts for now. im jus going to change the bolts on the brake mounts etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris27
    im looking at buying some anodized aluminium bolts for pretty much every bolt on my bike. my question is where can and cant they go. ive read they can only be used on non-stress areas. Can i put them on the stem, headset and brake mounts then?
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    you might want to have a look here:
    http://weightweenies.starbike.com/articles.php?ID=16

    that's a whole article i did with detailed weights.

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    Do you guys have trouble using a torque wrench without stripping Al nuts. I had this trouble, despite my best efforts, using a Syntace torque wrench and some minimalist v-pad nuts that I got from Trevor Maybee (sp?). With my torque wrench, there is a bit of play built into the Allen head and the wrench itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesseg
    Do you guys have trouble using a torque wrench without stripping Al nuts. I had this trouble, despite my best efforts, using a Syntace torque wrench and some minimalist v-pad nuts that I got from Trevor Maybee (sp?). With my torque wrench, there is a bit of play built into the Allen head and the wrench itself.
    Sounds like an poor tolerance problem. I use some Al M6/M10mm lock nuts on my Mrazeks that I got from racebolts, I think. I can get on them w/a M10mm socket and a srewdriver type socket driver w/no issues of stripping. They hold tight. They are pretty cheap and come in colors if you give up on what you have. I don't have that torque wrench so I can't help you there but I doubt that's the issue. My guess is poor tolerances on the nuts.
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    yea definitley not seatpost, stem, or brakes. the rest are prolly safe, generally as long as the torque requirement is within the spec for the bolt, but check with the manufacturer of the bolts if you want to be 100% sure

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