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Old 12-30-2013, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The 2014 Union Force has nylon washers under the screws on the straps. I notice they either changed part or something the washers are way too thick. As a result, the screws would loosen themselves when you rotate the straps.
I simply removed the washers and tightens the screws. There is a bit of play on the straps but at least the screws are not backing out anymore. Kinda weird for a company like Union.
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Yeah I have the same damn problem. Frustrating indeed.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I have the same damn problem. Frustrating indeed.
I would simply remove the washers. play is okay but loosing straps because of screw loosening is not.
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The 2014 Union Force has nylon washers under the screws on the straps. I notice they either changed part or something the washers are way too thick. As a result, the screws would loosen themselves when you rotate the straps.
I simply removed the washers and tightens the screws. There is a bit of play on the straps but at least the screws are not backing out anymore. Kinda weird for a company like Union.
Maybe a trip to the hardware store for a thinner washer?
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The 2014 Union Force has nylon washers under the screws on the straps. I notice they either changed part or something the washers are way too thick. As a result, the screws would loosen themselves when you rotate the straps.
I simply removed the washers and tightens the screws. There is a bit of play on the straps but at least the screws are not backing out anymore. Kinda weird for a company like Union.
Why are you "rotating the straps"?

The purpose of that nylon washer is to dampen vibrations between the "metal on metal" hardware. I don't advise removing them. Buy a #3 phillips screwdriver, and crank em down. The nylon washer will compress, and all will be good.

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Why are you "rotating the straps"?

The purpose of that nylon washer is to dampen vibrations between the "metal on metal" hardware. I don't advise removing them. Buy a #3 phillips screwdriver, and crank em down. The nylon washer will compress, and all will be good.

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well sometimes the straps would be in the way of getting my boots in so I would rotate them down.
no I even tried using loctite and even that the screws would keep loosening. actually if you really loosen then screws enough, there is enough play the screws would stop loosening.
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Probably to move them out of the way when getting in and out. I do that sometimes. Doesn't happen more than once or twice a day though. Just check them when you go out.
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Probably to move them out of the way when getting in and out. I do that sometimes. Doesn't happen more than once or twice a day though. Just check them when you go out.
This is the main point, regardless of what brand bindings you own. Everything loosens - hopefully you're not 30 feet in the air when it does.

Just make it part of your ritual when you're getting your gear ready for the next day. Tighten all screws, and don't forget your goggles.
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You mean I should have checked my back binding two days ago before I was sliding down the hill and noticed it was swiveling 20 degrees each way?
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