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#1 tarjeipark

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 03:23

Why are the caps so often loose on Frontiers? They snap closed, but are loose still. Is there any easy solution?
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#2 Mastersmith043

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 03:30

Mine does the same thing! I would like to know the answer also.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 15:15

The Frontier has a plastic cap click area on the section (like the Vector). As this wears a little the cap becomes looser, even though the cap can still click on.

I think this may have happened.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 17:05

Since I posted in this thread, I'm happy ot report that mine are still a-ok :thumbup:

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 21:08

This is pretty normal. I have about 7 of them all the same. I have been using one on a daily basis (Stainless Steel/Gold Trim) for the past 7-8 years and the cap being loose is no issue (IMHO). It clicks on securely. Mine has been thrown around in pants pockets and backpacks and is still going. About the only thing I've replaced is the slide converter.
One other thing - I traded one away and ended up with it back. Apparently the temporary owner soaked the section in water for some time and the rubberized coating came off. Doesn't hurt if you just flush it and wipe it and no prolonged soaking. However having said that it the cap still clicks on (and wiggles) but you have a plastic grip section.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 21:48

Why are the caps so often loose on Frontiers? They snap closed, but are loose still. Is there any easy solution?



Mine does the same thing! I would like to know the answer also.



Normal wear and tear.
Though it may wriggle a bit, it willnot come off.
So use it as it is.
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#7 tarjeipark

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 15:02

Mine were 'wiggly' from brand new...


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#8 Mike 59

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 15:07

I have 2 Frontiers here, and the only fault I have ever found with them is the loose cap.... on one but not the other.
So I took the faulty one apart and I repaired mine with a piece of thick sticky tape, cut to 36mm x 8mm.
To take the cap apart, the clip has to be removed, pull it straight up.
Then the inside plastic part of the cap will push out by pressing down on the chrome top part.
The photo's show how I did it, and this does not damage the cap in any way.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 16:02

Mike 59, that has to be the first Frontier cap disassembly I've seen, kudos to you! :thumbup: Very helpful, I it would make a great sticky :thumbup:.

I'm surprised by the tape positioning, I would have expected it to be further up, where the flexy area is?

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#10 Mike 59

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 23:23

Hi Flounder, I did think that the double spring 'bars' on each side, were designed to press outwards to keep the cap tight, but obviously have lost their pressure.
One idea I had that would probably work would be to push a thin piece of plastic ( or paper) under the bars to give them more grip on the inside of the cap, might try that too. I could get a thin blade under so it's possible.
I also think some glue run around the edge of the black plastic inner cap then reassembled would work, but I don't like the idea of not being able to get it apart for cleaning, and it's out of place for a job like this.
The only tricky part about this, is to be sure to keep the clip lined up with the flat in the cap, when rebuilding.
I don't know if the tape is in the best place, but higher up the moulding doesn't seem to follow the shape of the metal cap, inside.
Note that the tape I used was not Sellotape, but, say 5 times thicker packing tape, so it's a case of trial & error.
Hope it works for others too !






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