Originally Posted by zbaird
I have seen frame pipe split from freezing with water in it. If that fitting was at a low spot with the water pooled up at that end of the tube I could see it splitting the fitting, especially if it was weakened a little by drilling. If that was the case I wouldnt worry too much. Even if it wasnt, I wouldn't worry too much. There are thousands of frames out there with drilled speedrails doing just fine. I'd replace the one fitting and call it a day. Ive seen the u bolts break on lo pros, welds crack on welded frames, etc.
Gizmo, those arent the same as speedrail. Those are alumaguard fittings. That hole looks like it was drilled a little close to the end for my tastes as well. I used to run a frame for a long time made with alumaguards and it did fine for years with every fitting on the outside drilled and pinned. I put that frame through some pretty good stress with heavy loads and rough water.
Everything can break if you try hard enough.
Good food for thought... thanks.
I suppose one more point in support of speed rail fittings that are not drilled is that you could carry a spare or two in case of failure and nothing more in needed to do field repairs.
With lowpros, if you had to replace one you'd have to make sure your holes were drilled perfectly in the insert portion or you couldn't replace one in the field.
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