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I am replacing the standing rigging. When I removed the Spreader mounts the holes have become oblong due to wear. The question is, do I drill a larger hole and replace the thru-bolts with a larger size or find some kind of bushing and drill the hole to fit that?
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Find a piece of metal tubing that just fits the bolt and make a sleeve
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or drill out the holes to the next size and use stainless pop rivets,you need a special heavy duty tool to do this
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any slack or looseness will just continue to wear very quickly
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Really need more information to your problem , all spreaders are not mounted the same...Dale
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The Spreader mounts are through bolted using 2 bolts 1/2" inch thick. I am leaning towards using the metal tubing.
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I think that is a good choice. Cut the length carefully so that it will fill the holes but not too long or you won't be able to tighten the bolts enough to pull the brackets snug. Good luck
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