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Old 09-19-2015   #1
 
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Oar lock/tower lube

I just pulled apart my oarlocks/towers and lubed them. I used pure silicone (since that's what I had around). Not sure what the best thing folks have found for this. I assume just about any lube will attract sand & silt. Anyone have a preference?

specs: DRE oar towers w/cobra threaded oar locks

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I always and only use Dr. Bronners or some other soap product. It lubes and helps eliminate the build up of any sediments or silt.
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Would extra fine dry graphite lubricant work?
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Water proof grease. Like what use to go in MTB hubs. Boating is dirty never going to change that. Like the oar right with the nut on bottom. that stupid ring/ pin is the weakest point in a key piece of your set up.
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+2 on axle grease small dab has worked well for 2 seasons minimal mess also.

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I use a wax or paraffin based bicycle chain lube. I forget the brand, but there are several and mine comes in a small squeeze-dropper bottle. It supposedly doesn't attract grit and it doesn't leave black stains on anything.
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Water proof grease. Like what use to go in MTB hubs. Boating is dirty never going to change that. Like the oar right with the nut on bottom. that stupid ring/ pin is the weakest point in a key piece of your set up.
Only if you use unthreaded oar locks which I have given up forever. I previously ran unthreaded oar locks and combined with the DRE tower you need to use a smaller split ring to ensure that the lock can rotate freely.

Fast forward to a flip on the grand and my (unthreaded) oar lock pushes the split ring THROUGH the oar tower and away goes my oar lock.

After that, I swapped them our for threaded and will only use those.

This is probably not as much an issue with other oar towers that you can use a larger more substantial keeper ring but I would NEVER run unthreaded oar locks on a DRE tower in "flip-able" conditions.
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Only if you use unthreaded oar locks which I have given up forever. I previously ran unthreaded oar locks and combined with the DRE tower you need to use a smaller split ring to ensure that the lock can rotate freely.

Fast forward to a flip on the grand and my (unthreaded) oar lock pushes the split ring THROUGH the oar tower and away goes my oar lock.

After that, I swapped them our for threaded and will only use those.

This is probably not as much an issue with other oar towers that you can use a larger more substantial keeper ring but I would NEVER run un- threaded oar locks on a DRE tower in "flip-able" conditions.
Totally agree Lost an oar lock on the Tuolmne that was a pin set up. Pulled out of tower slid down oar and into rio. Thank Jesus i had a spare. Never again only threaded oar locks for me.
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So, is the Cobra the only treaded oar lock out there?
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