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  1. #1
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    Default Chicago screw replacements

    I recently replaced the western rigging on my saddle with these (http://www.ridingwarehouse.com/Mad_T...-MTBCFRBS.html). I love the extra stability and girth position. However, they are held on by Chicago screws. I went on a short ride today with 8 screws in place and tightened. Ended the ride with 7 screws. I would like something much more secure, especially as it is holding my girth on. If possible, I'd also like minimal/no bulk under my leg, so no bulky fasteners. Any ideas ?



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    Try putting lock-tite on the screws.

    Other than that, take it to a saddler and have the straps either sewn or riveted on.
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    I second the lock-tite. There are two different types. One is very permanent and the other is slightly less so. I have not needed to use the "permanent" version. I also put converters on my endurance saddle to switch to using a dressage girth. the semi-permanent lock-tite has kept the chicago screws in place for years.

    Bonnie



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    A third vote for Lock-tite.



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    In a pinch, nail polish on the threads will also work.

    Totally understand--I no longer own anything with Chicago screws or trigger snaps because they're so unreliable. I second taking it to a saddler, but I'd go with sewing on billets. Rivets can pull through, and do it without any warning.
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  6. #6
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    That type of billet can be riveted on, or stitched to nylon tabs that are attached to the tree. A good saddler should be able to advise on the best method, and do the retrofit.



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