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Old 09-12-2017, 06:09 PM
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Default stainless t-rods

What are the benefits of using stainless steel t-rods as opposed to regular chrome plated variety?
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:51 PM
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Default Re: stainless t-rods

Originally Posted by johnwesley View Post
What are the benefits of using stainless steel t-rods as opposed to regular chrome plated variety?
I haven't used them (on drums, I use them on my motorcycle).

They are supposed to resist corrosion better. Which I would assume would make them last longer, and I guess they after time, would turn smoother than threads that do start corroding.

Of course, my drums (and most drums that I see) usually arent in that bad shape/ kept in nice environments when possible, so I personally dont think it would be worth it. Who knows though, maybe by not being chrome plated, they fit nicer/turn smoother than factory rods?..

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Old 09-13-2017, 02:50 AM
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Default Re: stainless t-rods

That's a good question.
I have two sets, Sonor with larger diameter tension rods with flat sides and a Pearl with stainless tension rods.

They both feel the same. the Pearl rods might stay in tune longer, but I'm not sure.

Maybe if we look at it like gun barrels that are either stainless or chromed on the inside we might get a similarity.

Chromed gun barrels that get very dirty and are easier to clean, can withstand more abuse and last a long time.

Stainless gun barrels are often made for precision accuracy and have very high tolerances.

I'll agree with V4,
Maybe stainless tension rods can be used with nut certs that have closer tolerances for tighter mating of the surfaces, but I dunno, it's just a guess.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:05 AM
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Default Re: stainless t-rods

AFAIK, stainless is used solely for the lack of corrosion.
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