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Old 08-12-2014, 03:03 PM
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Tower Knobs

One of the black knobs to lower my tower has frozen in place and the knob was the first thing to finally let go with the stud still inserted in the tower. Does anyone know the bolt and thread size off hand so I can get a couple nuts to get a wrench on it? Also, is there a good place to pick up a replacement knob screw or should I get a stainless allen head bolt that matches everything else on my tower? This is the first year the tower will need to be folded to fit in storage and I would like to make sure everything is ready now rather than when it is time to roll it in. Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:19 PM
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One of the black knobs to lower my tower has frozen in place and the knob was the first thing to finally let go with the stud still inserted in the tower. Does anyone know the bolt and thread size off hand so I can get a couple nuts to get a wrench on it? Also, is there a good place to pick up a replacement knob screw or should I get a stainless allen head bolt that matches everything else on my tower? This is the first year the tower will need to be folded to fit in storage and I would like to make sure everything is ready now rather than when it is time to roll it in. Thanks in advance for the help!
post a picture of the knob you are referring to. I may have one for you.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:43 PM
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I ordered replacements from nd towers-they were $10 each plus shipping if they are the same size-Im sure Wayne at ND will know size you need.

http://www.newdimensiontowers.com/contact.html

Their knobs are a rubberized plastic type material. I think the dealer wanted over $80 for the aluminum ones.
I had to drill the one that was frozen out on mine-was not fun-
Sorry, don't remember the nut size off hand-thought I could search it here but no luck.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:11 AM
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I will have to post a photo later. I was worried about having to drill the old bolt out. were you able to get it out without having to retap? really hoping a wrench will do the trick. would you suggest a small amount of heat or am I just asking for problems?
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:32 AM
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I tried a little bit of heat but ended up breaking the stud and had to drill. Was able to tap with the same size and clean out the threads.
I think guys have had success double nutting and getting it out-hopefully you will too.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:47 AM
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Must be a common thing. Same thing going on with mine. Second time out on the boat and needed to go under a bridge and found out when the knob just broke off. Grrrrr
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:01 AM
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At least once a year, maybe twice, put some anti seize compound on all those tower knobs.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:25 AM
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Stainless and aluminum are a recipe for disaster. When they gall they will almost always require drilling. Use a moly based anti-seize on every fastener that you will be planning at sometime in the foreseeable future want loosen, remove, or turn
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:00 PM
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I went to look for anti-seize and none of them specified any ingredients. I found "silver" and "copper". I assume any anti-seize is better than nothing but which is recomended? Thanks, Steve.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:38 PM
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Anti seize will leave the threads greasy so make sure when you remove the knobs that you don't put them down on the carpet or anywhere else you don't want stained
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