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Old 12-02-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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I bought this based on a good internet review...
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXD572&P=7
Well, it was a piece of crap. It did not work. Not only did it not compress enough to grab the shaft, but brass is so soft it has no "memory" and the gap would not spring back to open up enough to let the shaft back out the end. It's in the mail as a return.

I missed this during my search and will probably buy...

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXKTR1&P=7
I did find a $30-35 shock pliers last week but thought they were a little expensive. But for under $20, ok.

Anybody using pliers like this? I think they would actually work good. The other device seemed like a good idea but, oh well.
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Use duct tape like in the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixBJu93Qyw
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I usually use a piece of fuel line slit down the side and grip it with needle nose pliers but lately I've been just tearing a piece of the cardboard label material off of a parts bag, wrapping that around the shock shaft and clamping it in the mini-vise on the end of my workbench.

Works like a charm....
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Use duct tape like in the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixBJu93Qyw
I've seen that before and it seemed silly. Is that what works good for you?
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I usually use a piece of fuel line slit down the side and grip it with needle nose pliers but lately I've been just tearing a piece of the cardboard label material off of a parts bag, wrapping that around the shock shaft and clamping it in the mini-vise on the end of my workbench.

Works like a charm....
I'll give that a try with the fuel tubing. Should be tough. The shop rag or cardboard trick is great until the plier jaws cut through the material one time and scratch the shaft.
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I also use the Integy one and have never scratched a shock shaft since

http://www.axiommotors.com/team-shoc...ier-p-162.html
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I also use the Integy one and have never scratched a shock shaft since

http://www.axiommotors.com/team-shoc...ier-p-162.html
awesome
1 vote for the pliers

That might be all I needed to hear I'm sure there are other tricks or tools too...
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Actually the cardboard works better than the fuel line, that's why I switched. Occasionally when I had a tough time unscrewing the shock end I would squeeze too tightly and the pliers would cut through the fuel tubing. I never actually scratched a shaft but sooner or later it was gonna happen.

With the cardboard, I just check it after each shock. I usually can get three out of four shocks before the cardboard stock starts to fray. I either double it over or tear off another piece. Simple and while not free, it's using something you were going to throw away anyway.
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brj....

I had posted this a few weeks back.

These are awesome:

http://www.carolinasrc.com/Webstore/...?idproduct=514

I ordered them from Carolinas and used the free shipping. I think I have a email with a 5% discount for orders $0-99. I'll try to find it should you wanna go that route.

Not a big difference but may save ya $4-5.
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brj....

I had posted this a few weeks back.

These are awesome:

http://www.carolinasrc.com/Webstore/...?idproduct=514

I ordered them from Carolinas and used the free shipping. I think I have a email with a 5% discount for orders $0-99. I'll try to find it should you wanna go that route.

Not a big difference but may save ya $4-5.
I try to look around alot everyday but missed that one. I would order those if you have all the info you can PM me to save as much as I can. I happened to wait until I needed a couple of things when I placed my order for what I got but wasn't looking forward to spending shipping on just one thing right away again since I don't need anything. Please let me know one way or the other and thanks
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Try that: RCNOV85P

I think when you check out you will have a shipping option. Just do the super saver(FREE) and depends on where you are but probably 2-3 days.


Keep an eye on those guys. He usually has some cool coupons, just recently if you purchased over the holidays you automatically went into a drawing for a $500 credit. Someone got that for a present! But usually has specials on different stuff.

Recently if ya purchased a 4pk futaba radio for the sale price you got a $50-$75 coupon code for your next order.

I have used them for years now.
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I've been using wire cutters and carefully grabbing the shaft right at the shoulder above where threads quit - yes, leaves a mark, no, its never caused a prob since seals never move across that part of the shaft. Built plenty that way.

If I have to pull a shock apart I'll use a fine file and remove that mark so it doesn't harm seals when I put it back together. Shafts are pretty hard and you don't leave that much of a mark anyway.
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Try that: RCNOV85P

I think when you check out you will have a shipping option. Just do the super saver(FREE) and depends on where you are but probably 2-3 days.


Keep an eye on those guys. He usually has some cool coupons, just recently if you purchased over the holidays you automatically went into a drawing for a $500 credit. Someone got that for a present! But usually has specials on different stuff.

Recently if ya purchased a 4pk futaba radio for the sale price you got a $50-$75 coupon code for your next order.

I have used them for years now.
The code didn't apply any discount and the cheapest shipping is $5.80 priority post office. Oh well, thanks for trying to help. I'll probably use one of these other methods if I get the itch to continue with my winter tear down and get them somewhere eventaully when I need other stuff too...
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I used to use the wire cutters method.

But I purchased the Integy pliers, and I LOVE them!

They work awesome, and fit any size shaft you have.
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I've been using wire cutters and carefully grabbing the shaft right at the shoulder above where threads quit - yes, leaves a mark, no, its never caused a prob since seals never move across that part of the shaft. Built plenty that way.

If I have to pull a shock apart I'll use a fine file and remove that mark so it doesn't harm seals when I put it back together. Shafts are pretty hard and you don't leave that much of a mark anyway.

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