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Boat Trailer Tail Lights that Can't be Over-tightened


I have installed many boat trailer lights and I almost always tighten the nuts too tight resulting in a brass stud that turn when I tighten them. This presents a BIG problem when I need to remove them for any reason. Is there a way to fix this without cutting off all my fingers so I dont have this problem or is there a set of lights I can buy that are built like a mack truck that will not turn when I over tighten them? Please help.


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If you have any young grandkids or kids you could have them do the tightening! Plus it's a fun bonding experience. Or if you are afraid that the lights won't stay on the trailer unless they are super tight you could use some Loctite, # LT37643, and not tighten them so hard. Just get them snug. The Loctite will keep the nuts/bolts from backing out and still allow you to remove them with regular hand tools.

Another solution is to use lights that mount in a different way so that your heavy hand won't matter. I would need to know the size lights you have along with where they mount on the trailer. If you can take a picture and email it to me I can determine if there are some alternate lights that will work for you.

For example you could potentially use 2 of light # STL72RB with 2 of bracket # BK70BB, and 2 of grommet # 40-06-020.

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