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seat securing knob #739482
06/22/18 6:22 pm
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74 850.....the seat securing knob has 2 small holes at the base drilled at an angle,,is there a clip or something missing to keep it from vibrating off? purpose of holes?

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Re: seat securing knob [Re: barncobob] #739493
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Its for a roll pin so they do not fall off if the loosen off, not 100% successful even with the roll pin.

Re: seat securing knob [Re: barncobob] #739500
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perhaps a bit of silicone,permatex blue, just a dab?

Re: seat securing knob [Re: barncobob] #739501
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No use, the roll pin just bends and allows the flange through.

Re: seat securing knob [Re: barncobob] #739508
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Interesting, I have recently discovered the same holes on my 1973 Combat Commando seat knobs which is now on the road after 18 months of restoration. Both of the knobs on my bike had split pins fitted although they didn't seem to engage very well with the bolt flange.

I haven't ridden enough miles yet to experience the knobs loosening, but is there a better way to stop them undoing?


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Re: seat securing knob [Re: barncobob] #739511
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The knob is supposed to be:
1. screwed on past the bulge on the end of the threads.
2 Then the roll pin gets pushed on/in.
3 With normal use the seat knob never comes off the screw...the seat can be removed and even run loose and the knob in theory won't "fall" off.
4. People wreck the roll pin AND the seat screw retaining bulge by screwing the seat knob all the way off.
4a, now a new roll pin is much less effective. Seat knob falls off on to road unless checked for tightness.
5. Seat knob being loose is an operator error, knob falling off....see#4 and 4a


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Re: seat securing knob [Re: gunner] #739518
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I haven't ridden enough miles yet to experience the knobs loosening, but is there a better way to stop them undoing?


The roll pins don't prevent the knobs loosening, only from falling off if they loosen or when the rider forgets to retighten them after removing the seat to check the oil tank level etc. so the knobs get used frequently, however, the pins won't prevent the knobs from being wrenched off by a ham-fisted owner.






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Re: seat securing knob [Re: gunner] #739557
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Hi,

Originally Posted by gunner
same holes on my 1973 Combat Commando seat knobs
knobs on my bike had split pins fitted although they didn't seem to engage very well with the bolt flange.
better way to stop them undoing?

Reusable R-pins?

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Re: seat securing knob [Re: barncobob] #739561
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Oh I see now, I had thought the roll pins were to prevent undoing but now see that they are to stop them falling off completely.

R-pins sound good so might try.


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06/29/18 8:43 pm
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Hmmm. I've not seen the pins, never used them, and never once had my seat's knobs even loosen a little bit.


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Re: seat securing knob [Re: barncobob] #740313
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I fit a stainless split pin (cotter pin) in them. Just long enough to be bent over on the ends. They will not fall out. Usually the hole has to be drilled somewhat larger.


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