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Old 30th September 2011, 10:07 AM   #4
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Hi again motta01,
OK, do you know if you have the 6 mm x 1.0 x 28 mm long screws or the newer 7 mm x 1.0 x
32 mm footstrap screws.
Please read this if you have the 7 mm screws:
"If you receive the newer 7 mm x 32 mm PT screws, and install them correctly you will have no issues beyond they are very hard to install the first time.
1/ Take one screw out of the footstrap, lube it with soap, and screw it (bare) down into each hole you intend to use for your footstrap positioning. You don't need to let the screw "bottom out" but just screw it in about half way to put some threads (like you would with a tap in a piece of metal) in the holes.
2/ Compress the K9 locks into the footstrap webbing using 2 pair of vice grips or a vice of some sort.
3/ Lubricate each screw with a bar of soap before installing.
4/ Retighten all you footstrap screws after an hour or 2 of sailing the board."
So, if you have the larger screws, it's best to "pre tap" the FS insert holes with a well soaped (lubricated)
6 mm screw first.
Then stack up the K9 anti twist plates and the toothed oval stainless steel washers on your new footstraps.
Lube the new 7mm screws with plenty of soap, and use a high quality #3 Phillips screwdriver ( the tip will be black oxided and heat treated).
If you use the correct "stack up" of K9 lock...footstrap....oval toothed washer, there is very limited possibility that you will punch out the inserts.
The 32 mm long screws in the larger size were developed specifically to correct the 28 mm being too short for the current stack up with the K9 anti-twists.
Hope this helps,
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