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Old 08-16-2014   #1
 
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Inovative ways to lock in Oar locks?

I have DRE Oar towers. The top where the oarlock slides in is angled inward. So when I started out with 5/8" split ring, I could not spin the oarlock 360 degrees. This resulted in the split rings getting bent like crazy on the first day. I switched to a smaller split ring for know and the locks will turn freely, but I am thinking there has to be a better way to do this that is both stronger and less of a pain in the ass to take off/put on than a small split ring.

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You need the threaded model with the nut. Been there and done that. The split rings will never work.
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I feel your pain.....been there. I've tried split rings and lynch pins. The lynch pins were easier on & off, but got stuck and bent even worse than the split rings. Now I use Nite Ize S-biners. It took a couple tries to find the right size, but I like them. They are easy on & off, and they hang straight down. No interference with the oar lock turning in the oar tower. I've used them with NRS and DRE style towers, and a couple brands of oar locks (standard and NRS Atomics).
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BTW what brand of locks are you using? I use the Cobra with the nuts and they have work well for years. The nuts don't back off and I take them apart once a year to clean and re-grease. I also use the DRE oar towers.
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I've had the DRE towers and split rings for years without any issues.
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I've had the DRE towers and split rings for years without any issues.
And what kind of oar locks?
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three years ago, could be five

just tell them what size of die to use so they can thread there own oar locks and what nut they need to purchase
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just tell them what size of die to use so they can thread there own oar locks and what nut they need to purchase
I bought my Cobra oar locks from DRE when I bought my frame. When the split ring thing didn't work they took them back and sold me the other models with the nuts. No questions asked easy peasy. No problems since. They are known as the deluxe model. I threw the split ring away. The nut is made not to back off.
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BTW what brand of locks are you using? I use the Cobra with the nuts and they have work well for years. The nuts don't back off and I take them apart once a year to clean and re-grease. I also use the DRE oar towers.
I am pretty sure these are the ones I am using. Can't say for sure because they came with my boat.

NRS Atomic Aluminum Oarlocks at nrs.com
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Been using split rings and/or pins for years on both my boats. I just put a washer above the ring/pin - no problems in 20 years.
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