Stainless Hardware Notes

Posted: April 8, 2010 in British Bikes, classic bikes, Norton Commando, vintage bikes, Vintage British Bikes

We sell a lot of stainless hardware these days and I figured it was time to add some recommendations.

First of all, most stainless hardware is equivalent to a grade 2 (or less), meaning it isn’t as strong as most regular steel hardware. Do some research online and you’ll see what I mean. It’s good stuff when used in the proper application.

I’d list all the data here but I don’t have the time. That’s what books are for. I know they don’t teach stuff like reading in school anymore but ask your dad about it.

Issue two with stainless hardware is that you have to lubricate the threads. When you assemble a stainless nut and bolt use some thread lube, oil, grease, possum fat or whatever you have but put something on this threads!!! If you don’t, the threads will gall and viola you have a seized bolt and it will most likely have to be cut off or generally be a pain in the ass to remove.

I know this because I take apart seized stainless hardware all the time.

Maybe next time we’ll explore 18-8 versus 300 series stainless. Yawn.

My coffee cup is empty, ‘ta.

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