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Old 07-29-2007, 01:29 PM   #1
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Steel Screws in Aluminum Swingarm

I'm going to put a mud scraper on one of my bikes. The aluminum swingarm comes pre-drilled and tapped from the factory for the purpose.

Figured out that the holes are 5mm with .8 pitch but I'm concerned about putting in steel screws. Any advice to prevent galling or seizing?

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Old 07-29-2007, 01:31 PM   #2
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nothing wrong with steel screws, Just dont over tighten.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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Use some anti-sieze on the threads. Neverseez is another name for it.
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go buy some never sieze, its always good to have around
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:13 PM   #5
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get something inbetween the metal.. neverseize or something... unless the aluminum has a coating there is a chance of corrosion with the unlike metals... (that is what my welding teacher told me when i asked about building an aluminum trailer.)
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You can go to Lowes or Home Depot and look in the electrical section for Nolox or I think Penetrox. It is designed for connections between aluminum and any other metal. It works for years in chemical plants without galling.
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If you use any kind of anti-sieze compound you need to be sure and use a NEW screw locking device, i.e. lockwasher. Or be ready to safety wire.
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If you use any kind of anti-sieze compound you need to be sure and use a NEW screw locking device, i.e. lockwasher. Or be ready to safety wire.
Why? I've been using neverseize on spark plugs in aluminum heads and offshore on fasteners for years, without an issue. If you torque it to the correct value it will stay put with or without neverseize. The difference is when you decide to remove it, the threads will stay in the aluminum, rather than come out on the fastener.
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ss screws definately, lock washer, and galling is only a prob in similar metals (ex ss and ss screws) i wouldnt worry about galling at all, stripping the thread is way more dangerous worry about that, happens more in aluminum

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Everything, in theory, on my GSXR is bolted to the aluminum frame. Nothing appears to be stainless, or have any antiseize, and it all comes apart and goes together fine.
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Similar metals have better chance of galling.

Dissimilar metals (such as alum and steel) have better chance of corrosion.

Do like others have mentioned... use anti-seize on the threads and torque to spec.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:04 AM   #13
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I usually locktite stuff on my bike.
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