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Hipster fin box repair

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Created by stamp Two weeks ago, 29 Mar 2021
stamp
QLD, 2698 posts
29 Mar 2021 4:47PM
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I've stripped the thread on the plastic fin box on my smik hipster v1.

Does anyone know the thread size off hand so i can plug it with epoxy and re tap? my thread gauge has rusted out from lack of use since i got off the tools a few years back.

Thanks.

Nugdam
QLD, 568 posts
29 Mar 2021 5:10PM
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I've had 2 smiks do this so it's obviously a common thing.

I actually put thread tape around my grub screws which held them in alot better.

stamp
QLD, 2698 posts
29 Mar 2021 5:31PM
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thanks mate, i'll wrap the others in thread tape

Nugdam
QLD, 568 posts
29 Mar 2021 7:18PM
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stamp said..
thanks mate, i'll wrap the others in thread tape



I always had my fins work loose and it stopped that which was good. I used to have to carry a fin key on my leash so I could tighten them mid sesh.


Just noticed you're on the coast as well.

dowls
QLD, 307 posts
29 Mar 2021 8:51PM
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I've supa glued fins into box's, ok option if you don't need to swap or travel.

colas
4143 posts
30 Mar 2021 3:09PM
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The simplest solution is to use wider grub screws with the same thread size.
Surf shops should have them. Gong sells them for instance.



When screwing fins in, I move them laterally 3-4 time with my hand, and the re-tighten them a bit. They dont get loose afterwards.

Hoppo3228
VIC, 441 posts
30 Mar 2021 6:50PM
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colas said..
The simplest solution is to use wider grub screws with the same thread size.
Surf shops should have them. Gong sells them for instance.



When screwing fins in, I move them laterally 3-4 time with my hand, and the re-tighten them a bit. They dont get loose afterwards.


Yep, agree with Colas on this one.

Brenno
QLD, 783 posts
31 Mar 2021 7:55AM
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I've had 2 fin boxes crack through the threaded hole on my hipster 9' and 10' long boards. I filled these holes with epoxy and drilled and tapped new holes from the other side of the box. I use longer 10-24 fcs screws to retain my fins which uses more of the thread. and like Colas said a good wiggle and re-tighten when changing fins.

justaddwater
NSW, 275 posts
31 Mar 2021 9:57AM
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Excellent boards,Smik ,but the fin boxes let them down IMO.one of my favourite boards needed 2 fin box replacements,sold it on that triggered a sequence of purchases of inferior boards ! And lots of $$$ ,all my choice of course,the only brand I have not had a problem with is Jimmy Lewis

stamp
QLD, 2698 posts
2 Apr 2021 12:35PM
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Nugdam said..


Just noticed you're on the coast as well.


Yes mate, but at the other end. I live at Peregian Beach - I think you're in the Clowntown area? Hope you manage to get a wave at Moffats this weekend. It, Carty's & Noosa, will be the pick over Easter, if you like sharing!

Thanks everyone for the replies. i reckon I'll get a set of oversize screws, drill & tap the stripped box to suit, and fit the other 3 too as a preventative

Bighugg
NT, 432 posts
2 Apr 2021 8:28PM
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Your local Bolt n Nut wholesale should have a good selection of grub screws. I agree with others in using longer threads for more hold.
Happy repairs for Easter



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