As foilers we don’t really give too much thought to our hardware. The supplied bolts are deemed worthy – after all, this is what they’ve come with and the brand knows best, right?
Unfortunately bolts are extremely susceptible to damage. Saltwater corrosion as well as stripped threads, rounded heads and sometimes foil bolts completely snapping (we’ve experienced all this).
One of the most frustrating elements of foil bolts is rounding the heads off, specifically socket head bolts that you use an allen key to tighten and loosen. For various reasons after multiple uses of unscrewing and redoing the heads can wear down and round off. If you’ve overtightened your bolts and the head’s suddenly not usable then this is an issue.
Swapping to marine or aero grade Torx bolts is one solution. As long as you get the sizing correct then Torx head bolts are much more efficient. Their star shaped head, with pilot button, ensure accuracy during tightening and lossening. Applyimg Teflon tape and gel, as you would with every other type of hydrofoil bolt, should then halt corrosion.
Note: it’s worth mentioning that if you do swap your foil bolts to Torx types, and your foil fails (for whatever reason) the brand may void your warranty claim. We’d suggest swapping to Torx (or similar) is still worthwhile but you do need to keep in mind what’d happen with breakages.
Let us know if you have any questions or foiling tips of your own.
Axis Foils S-Series Glide 910mm, 1010mm, 1150mm carbon foil wings – get in touch to build your perfect Axis foil!
We fully get there are a myriad of Axis Foil combinations which can be confusing if you’re going it alone and trying to choose which S-Series Glide combo will suit you best. Fear not, however, as here at Foilshop UK we know our Axis Foils onions.
As such we can help you build your ideal foil, across all Axis products. Whether you’re after the ideal winging foil, or perhaps you want a top shelf…
Avanti Sails Icarus windfoil specific sail (monofilm) 4.5m, 5.5m, 6.5m, 7.5m, 8.5m.
You don’t need a specific sail for windfoiling but if you were going to go down this route (and there are certain benefits) then Avanti Sails’ Icarus windfoil specific sail is (in Foilshop UK’s opinion) one of the best available.
Designed by Dan Kaseler the Avanti Sails Icarus is light wind freerace foil machine that’ll put a mile wide smile on your chops.
Scroll down for more info about the Avanti Sails Icarus windfoil specific sail range.
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