The Hidden Benefits of Trapped Washers in Bolts

The Hidden Benefits of Trapped Washers in Bolts

Ever noticed those small trapped washers in most of your bolts? They're not just there for decoration—they serve a crucial purpose.

Before delving into the significance of these washers, let's understand their role.

Washers are the unsung heroes of bolted joints. They play a pivotal role in enhancing reliability. How? By reducing friction beneath the bolt's head, washers make it easier to achieve accurate torque specifications.

But it's not just about torque. Washers act as guardians, extending the lifespan of your components. During installation, they shield the fastened surface, distributing pressure evenly. This crucial role prevents wear and tear on components, especially beneficial for delicate materials like aluminum, frequently used in crafting lightweight bike parts.

For those grappling with the chemistry of metals, the combination of titanium bolts and aluminum components can spell trouble due to galvanic corrosion. This corrosion often occurs under the bolt's head and can lead to seizing. While anti-seize components like copper grease can stave off galvanic corrosion, bolts integrated with washers take an extra step in minimizing the risk of a seized bolt.

Now, have you inspected the stem bolts or brake caliper bolts on your bike? Do they come with washers too?

Let's talk about the significance of these trapped washers.

At 'The Ti Bolt,' our team spends countless hours tinkering with bikes. We've experienced the frustration of dropping tiny parts in the workshop while working on repairs. To simplify your experience and ensure top-notch quality, we've integrated washers into our bolts. These trapped washers not only enhance joint quality but also spare you the hassle of hunting down misplaced washers.

It's not just convenience; it's also a money-saver. Bolts equipped with washers protect your components from damage, ensuring a superior joint quality. Properly torqued bolts significantly reduce the risk of loosening, offering long-term reliability.

Understanding Galling

Galling might sound unfamiliar, but it's a critical factor in the wear and tear of materials. It occurs when sliding surfaces adhere and pull material from one surface to another. This phenomenon, especially under substantial force, can lead to cold welding between two components.

Next time you eye those trapped washers in your bolts, remember—they're not just there to sit pretty. They're silently ensuring the longevity and reliability of your bike's components, saving you both hassle and money in the long run.

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