Dealing with vibration and the results of vibration has been an ongoing saga for me. In my area, there are not a lot of freshly paved roads, and since I prefer urethane over pneumatics, i have had to deal with some interesting issues as a result of all the vibration.
Losing screws is a problem that is easily solved with plenty of thread locker. You just have to remember to always use it no matter what. Just making a minor adjustment? Clean and reapply threadlocker. Major adjustments? complete rebuilds? poking around for no real reason? Always clean the area and reapply threadlocker. I like to use rubbing alcohol to clean my screws before application.
Hot glue can also keep things from rattling too much and coming loose. I like to a run a bead of hot glue across the seams of my charging port when i have to remove it and put it back. It has large threads and a slim nut that easily works its way loose after a while on the street. A little glue on the threads and a little between the case and the nut ties it down nicely. I also like to use it on the tiny nuts and bolts that hold my volt meter in place, and since i’m running a metal box, i often run a bead along the seams of the end caps to keep things together just in case the thread locker fails and the screws start to back out a little. This keeps the aluminum plates from rattling against the steel threads on the screws which can act like a saw and start cutting through the aluminum.
Thick industrial adhesive two way tape is also pretty great for fastening things into your box or onto the bottom of your deck directly when just using a lid. It provides decent shock and vibrational absorption while also keeping your component securely in place. I can’t say I’ve ever had my battery pack or ESC come loose and flop around in my box and I only use two way tape to keep them fastened down.
But what about feet? My feet can can go numb after an hour of riding, so shoes are important. Normally I wear airwalk high tops, but i’m probably going to either get some nice gell insoles or start wearing more cushy shoes like nike airs or something.
How do you guys deal with vibration issues when building and riding?