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Old 03-10-11, 10:54 AM   #1
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So the headtube badge fell off my Litespeed Classic. I have since cleaned the back of the badge of all the dried out glue residue. Any recommendations as to what to use to adhere the badge back on? I was thinking JB weld.

Here it is before it fell off.

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This is a perfect application for super glue. Clean both mating surfaces with acetone (not nail polish remover which leaves oily residue).

Apply a small drop of glue, press on and locate the badge, and hold it pressed down firmly for 2 minutes, and then let it cure overnight.
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Thanks, I'll check it out.

Yeah, I bought a pint of acetone at Home Depot some time back.
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That's exactly how I reattached the head badge of my '96 LS Catalyst. Acetone wash the back of the badge and the headtube of the bike and use a couple of drops of superglue. That was about 5 years ago and it's still nice and tight.

I notice newer LS frames have the badge attached with a couple of tiny bolts or rivets. Apparently loose ones were a common problem on the older bikes.
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That's exactly how I reattached the head badge of my '96 LS Catalyst. Acetone wash the back of the badge and the headtube of the bike and use a couple of drops of superglue. That was about 5 years ago and it's still nice and tight.

I notice newer LS frames have the badge attached with a couple of tiny bolts or rivets. Apparently loose ones were a common problem on the older bikes.
Mine held for 10 years.
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Superglue, which is more properley known as cyanoacrylate glue (there's more because it's a huge chemical name but this is how most model builders call it) tends to be rather glass like and brittle. I can't argue with the success for longevity you guys have had but I suspect that if a stone or other sharp blow occured to the badge that the glue bond would likely shatter and the head badge again fly off.

My money would be on a flexible glue such as silicone RTV bathtub caulk or Shoe Goo or similar. Something with more bond over a wider area and that has some flexibility to it.
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I use 3M double sided foam tape to attach badges. So do most car manufacturers.
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