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    Anyone ever replace a BOA system and it still doesn't work?

    I have some 2012 Specialized S-Works MTB shoes. They've been great until this year. They just unspin. Anyway, got the kits. I replaced both sides. One still unspins. I did everything right. I don't know whether to cry or buy new shoes. Anyone?

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    Yep, did it with my Lakes when the cleat receptacle rusted out and I had to remove it, which required removing the BOA. Worked just fine. Guy at the bike shop was kind of an expert at it and offered some guidance. Some of the online stuff wasn't super helpful because the exact system didn't seem to be depicted, but BOA does have a lot of online resources. I suggest checking those. Worked out fine though, heck, works better than new IMO.
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    No. I've done it a few times and know others who have and they all worked well after replacement. There seems to be many different types and different fasting of the mechanism to the shoe so it is possible some may be more problematic.
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    Replaced the BOA on my Specialized Rime shoes about a year ago without any issue. What do you mean by, "unspin?" Any chance Specialized sent you two of the same side?

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    Has anyone ever ADDED BOA laces to a shoe that was not originally designed for that?

    I.e., some Giro VR90s (lace ups).
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    Not sure what I did but I went back in on that lace, sprayed some WD-40 under and just remounted it. Seems fine now. Rode today with no issues.

    When I say unspin I mean the ratcheting mechanism doesn't hold, which it seems to now. On the other shoe, I cut the lace a tad too short. Never want to do that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Has anyone ever ADDED BOA laces to a shoe that was not originally designed for that?...
    Interesting idea. I can imagine a kit they could come up with that would allow that. Perhaps they have?
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Has anyone ever ADDED BOA laces to a shoe that was not originally designed for that?

    I.e., some Giro VR90s (lace ups).

    Not BOA, but I have added Salomon Quicklace System to several pairs of tie ups. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glorth2 View Post
    Not sure what I did but I went back in on that lace, sprayed some WD-40 under and just remounted it. Seems fine now. Rode today with no issues.

    When I say unspin I mean the ratcheting mechanism doesn't hold, which it seems to now. On the other shoe, I cut the lace a tad too short. Never want to do that again.

    two types of BOA

    one way ratchet, then pull dial up to unlock. those I never had get loose

    two way ratchet, tighten then loosen a click at a time
    there are a few different models of these with different shapes in the dial guts

    these 2-ways can get loose as microdust crud gets in the teeth. AND the
    little fingers that are the pawls can get weak. I open the boa pull the dial out
    and a) blast the hell with air duster to get all the grime out
    and b) the fingers on mine are pretty tough. I used a small spudger to carefully
    bend the arm just a little bit back toward the outside, so the ratchet is tight again

    reassemble, works great.


    those little pawl arms are tough but I never attempted
    to bend them further than needed.

    like this picture,


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    Thank you sir!

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