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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Heat Method for a Loose Trem Bar - Question

So, I know about other techniques for increasing tension... namely the nail polish trick... not to mention just swapping with new bushings (which I have). But, I recently read (in another thread here) that you can "use heat"... but no details were given. Someone else chimed in and gave this suggestion a +1 vote.

So, any info on this method would be appreciated. Are we talking about just quickly passing a lighter over the bushings? Do I remove them from the bar first, so I heat JUST the bushings, or just do it with them in place?

Thanks in advance...
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Re: Heat Method for a Loose Trem Bar - Question

Too much hassle,just remove old bush put a very small piece of tape(or tin foil,plumbers tape) on trem arm where bush sits and put old bush back over the top of the tape.
You don't need much to tighten up the arm/bush..
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Re: Heat Method for a Loose Trem Bar - Question

Get a flame, then move the bushings (while on the arm) through the flame until the bushings discolor a little bit. repeat until happy!
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Re: Heat Method for a Loose Trem Bar - Question

Well, I got impatient and just went for it before reading any replies. It was easy, and worked like a charm. However, I did remove them from the arm first. Just stuck them on the tip of a corkscrew and moved the flame around them a bit (but not enough to discolor them). Distorted the bushings just enough to tighten the arm up nicely.
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Glad it worked!!
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