Yep, I remember the little tiny foam rubber doobies on my old teardrop kits. The old Trixons had them, too. Over the years, the foam rubber would dry out and disintegrate. But you can snip some little pieces of foam rubber and replace them easily. They keep the nut lined up with the tension rod.ARGuy said:If I remember right, there were little pieces of foam that kept the nuts in place. They fit in the little rectangular shaped cavity that the nut slides into. If those are missing I could see where that would be a problem. Getting everything lined up on those IS kind of tricky no matter what. Those lugs and the hoops with their round holes only slightly larger than the tension rods make it more difficult.
I had that same kit (but with two mounted toms) back in the 70's, and I used them on the road for years. They held up beautifully. Don't be foolish like me and sell them!oneeyedcat said:
They sure do! My Phonic kit arrived fully disassembled and there was an orange sawdust- like material coating most of the hardware. Happily for me everything cleaned up well and went back together without issue.kluger said:Yes, the little pieces of foam disengrate.
Works like a charm!!The long way is to remove every lug and repack it, as everyone has pointed out.
The easy way is to apply an earth magnet to the outer edge of the lug. You'll hear a distinct click as the nut is pulled back into position, and then the rod will thread in, easy peasy.