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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
They come in different lengths and some use washers. Check that you are tightening against the ring and the crank and not just the two rings together.
Double that. I was getting flex in my crank and it turned out to be my chainring bolts - possibly salt eroded the loctite bond, but when they were left to dry, they remained bonded to each other, but spinning freely in the bolt holes. Using the shops chainring bolt spanner is oddly enough a lot more effective than a slotted screwdriver or a butter knife, at least for me.
On another bike, same bolts, but a (I guess thicker) Sugino chainring on a shimano crank (instead of ofmega/ofmega) they're just greased and I broke three of them just putting them on.
And these are "alloy" ones that are a steel alloy. At least that's what the rust tells me. I think chainring bolts are pretty much breakable and that alloy vs steel isn't going to make much of a difference.
Shopping for washers now.