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I just bought an '04 Spider frame despite what I read about the problems with the lower pivot bolts and bearings...Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do prior to building the frame to avoid the bolt/bearing problems? From everything I've read, if people would have known about the problems ahead of time they might have been able to do something to prevent it. Any suggestions?

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Just make sure everything is tight and ride. The bolt bearing issue's have been exagerated out of proportion. Some people have had problems but a lot haven't. If you want to be safe clean out any grease/oil of the lower pivot bolts and use blue loctite on tehe threads.
 

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No problem...

I recommend to use a torque wrench when you get the frame and tighten the bearing caps to the specified torque. I had problems initially with the pivots loosening but since tightening them with a torque wrench this has not been an issue. Blue loctite certainly wouldn't hurt but in my case it was not needed.

I agree that this problem has been blown way out of proportion. It is not a major issue and falls in-line with regular frame maintenance that would be required of any frame.

On a side not, others have reported bearing problems but mine are still smooth like butter after 6 months of riding. I'm sure you will love the frame as it is one sweet ride!
 
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