The picture above shows what it looks like when I screw up. It was time for me to relearn an old lesson about stainless, even though it was somewhat unexpected. It is different than what I had ever seen before.
I went to put the new shiny black parts on the foundation. I thought I’d test fit without tension. Get it in place, aligned the way I want it before putting the clamps down for real. I then realized as I applied a tiny amount of pressure to the split lock washers that I had made a big mistake even though they were only touching.
When the nut contacted the split washer, the bolts and nuts almost instantly became one, cold-welded together. I could tighten them further, wiggle them back a bit, but not take them off. And as much as I tried to lube and smear anti-seize after the fact in the hope it’d get into the thread, a small amount of movement remained until there was none.
I had not applied anti-seize yet. Why? Well, I was going to take it all apart again and wanted to avoid getting the copper paste all over me. I wasn’t ready to torque it down just yet and this should have been a non-issue.
In case you’re wondering, I did ask DX Engineering about this and didn’t get very far other than being told to use anti-seize (duh). In my opinion, these should’ve never seized under these conditions. I don’t think this is the most excellent hardware, although I understand a threaded bolt without shoulder is an easy way to deal with the adjustments of the clamp. I didn’t need that. Oh well, I am moving on.
I tried to force them loose with more force, and all that happened was the stainless threaded bolts twisting like torsion bars. These bolts are a complete loss, and I will have to cut them off. And now for today’s lesson:
NEVER EVER JOIN STAINLESS HARDWARE WITHOUT ANTI-SEIZE. EVEN IF ALL YOU’RE DOING IS TEST FITTING IT WITHOUT TENSION.
ESPECIALLY WHEN THIS IS THREADED HARDWARE IN THIS KIT. 🤬