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  1. David_Oakley

    David_Oakley Oakley Enthusiast

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    I did a search on threads related to this topic and found mostly Swapping Earstems. However, my question is a slight tangent from those topics.

    Both earstems on one of my daily wear Juliets swings open and close quite freely. There is very little no resistance due to wear and tear. The screws appear to be as "snug" as they can be.

    Is this just a matter of me adding new washers to the hinges to give it the factory stiffness again?

    Thanks

    David
     
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  2. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Yes - if the screws are snug, likely the nylon washers wore out. In a pinch (pun intended) you can overtighten the screws to make them more snug but I don't recommend it.

    OEM washers have two above / two below. LG replacement washers are thicker so it's one above / one below. As long as it prevents metal rubbing on metal...
     
  3. Lexkempo

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    So....you lost your factory stiffness? :p






    Psssttt... @OakleyFrankFMJ
     
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  4. David_Oakley

    David_Oakley Oakley Enthusiast

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    Thanks. I've never messed with the earstem hinges before. So first time for everything I guess.
     
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    OakleyFrankFMJ The Legend - - Vlad the Impaler Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    That's what SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SAID!
     
  6. KillerCollector

    KillerCollector Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    You beat me to it. LMFAO
     
  7. David_Oakley

    David_Oakley Oakley Enthusiast

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    Well, the erection of the earstems onto the orbitals from the factory were quite the stiffy. After use over time (Age, repetitive open/shut), the stiffness of the originally erected assembly has limped out quite a bit.
     
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  8. David_Oakley

    David_Oakley Oakley Enthusiast

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    So after adding new washers (say LG), will it have the same feeling as factory tight?
     
  9. pupusasrock

    pupusasrock Oakley Enthusiast

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    I just noticed today that I have a pair that are the same way. I have never replaced them myself. Are LG washers pretty good or is there another brand that is preferred? Is it a difficult thing do to?
     
  10. kronin323

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    If I recall correctly the x-man uses LG washers when he does tuneups. I've never taken a pair done with them and analyzed side-by-side how they compare to a pair still factory tight, but subjectively they seem as good as.

    Actually I'm not aware of another brand other than LG. Yes, they do the trick. And yes, replacing them is a major pain in the ass, OEM or LG. There's a thread or two around here with some tips to make it a little easier.