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Footplate on M51 keeps falling down.

Stayed up for the first 2 years I had it and now it either hits you in the shins or the back of your knees:(( How do I fix it?

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Sounds like you need to tighten the bolt that attaches the footplate to the bracket. You will need a 5/16" allen wrench for the bolt and a 14mm socket for the lock-nut. I'm surprised the footplate lasted 2 years without loosening up. Typically I have to tighten that bolt for customers once every few months. Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011


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