Does anyone know how to tighten the 27" iMac stand?

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  1. stevefo macrumors regular

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    My stand seems to be a little loose. I'm eventually going to upgrade the HD to SSD soon. If I'm going to have the Mac open, is there a way to tighten the stand?

    It's a late 2012 27" model.
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    You have to break the iMac open for this, the mechanism is inside.
     
  3. stevefo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I understand that. Once open. How do you tighten the stand?
     
  4. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure the stand isn't loose. It's very easy to move, but I don't see why you'd want to tighten it.
     
  5. justperry macrumors 604

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    You can't, it's spring based, as you can clearly see in screenshot.
     

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  6. stevefo thread starter macrumors regular

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    If I'm going to eventually open my iMac to swap HD to SSD I might as well try to tighten the stand to give it a bit more resistance.

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    I see, It doesn't necessarily mean that you can't tighten it.
     
  7. flavr macrumors 6502

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    Its designed to be that loose, they all are...as long as its not moving on you after you position it there isn't a problem...
     
  8. justperry macrumors 604

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    You can't, I magnified it even bigger for myself, if you look well you can see the ends hooked under a screw on one side and the other one is hooked in the stand I think, there are no screws to tighten it.
     
  9. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    But you don't need to give it more resistance, that's my point. It doesn't matter whether you are opening it up or not.

    Does it move when you are not using it? If no, it doesn't need to be tightened, if yes, call Apple.
     
  10. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    My 2012 27" iMac tends to tilt downward if I shake the desk slightly, so normal vibration from using the work surface could cause it to drop over a period of time.

    If you replace the HDD with an SSD the weight will be reduced by a pound, or so, so the tendency for it to drop will be slightly reduced.

    The spring is only to provide counterbalance, not adjustment friction. There are two self locking nuts which could probably be tightened more against the collars to provide more friction. Using self locking nuts and collars this way is a common method for adjustment of rotational resistance.
     

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