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I read somewhere to try to use a soap/detergent that is phosphorous free. I use gain dishwashing soap now but have seen dish soaps that say "phosphorous free" on the front label. Is it the phosphorous that causes the residue that I find on my stem bolts? At first I thought it may have been low quality bolts on the stock Bontrager stem bolts but after replacing the stem with a Race Face Turbine I am now finding similar residue on the hardware.
 

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I just use car wash soap that I get from Walmart, I think the stuff I have now has the McGuires brand. As far as the deposits on your stem screws, I wouldn't worry about it as long as you greased the threads before you installed them. I get some oxidation deposits on my Thomson stem screws as well and it's only cosmetic...take it back out and get it dirty and you'll forget all about it.
 
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