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Old 07-01-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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Building an SC10 kit at the moment and am wondering how you do this without scuffing up the shafts?..I havent built a kit in so long that i forget.
Whats the trick/tricks?..Thank you
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There are dedicated tools that can grab the shockshafts without marking them at all... or you can do like I do, and use a large pair of snips (yep.. snips). You take the snips and you hold the shaft VERY tightly where the threads meet the shaft. Since you are using snips and not pliers, they only come in contact with teh shaft at a tiny tiny spot. It leaves you room to thread on the end... and nothign will touch the polished side of the shaft.

The downside is, it can slightly dull your snips, and you have to grip it hella hard to keep it from spinning around.

Another good tip, is to pre-thead your shock ends with a screw with same thread pitch as your shock shafts... that way they will go on slightly easier.

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Sounds good..I already pre-threaded them for the reason you stated..When you say snips do you mean vice grips?.I have a pair of needle nose vice grips that i was thinking of using with a rag as a barrier between the grips and the shaft of the shock.I like your idea of gripping shaft close to the threads.I was also thinking that i could use one of those small clamps with rubber grips that carpenters use for holding wood pieces together while the glue dries ect,although the shafts are so smooth that they would probably slip in the rubber grips..
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Snips as in side-cutters or wire cutters. That's the way I do it too
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Got it!.Snips makes perfect sense..Thanks alot for the replies..Awesome site
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I use these and they work great.

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Just used the "snip" method suggested and it worked perfect..Thanks again guys..
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I never thought to pre-thread the eyelet. I'm getting ready to rebuild a TC and this tip will come in very handy!!!
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I just fold a paper towel a few times and cover smooth portion of the shock shaft. Then I grip it with the smooth portion of my needle nose pliers (closest to the cutter blade). It leaves no marks on the shafts, doesn't dull my cutters, and I've never had trouble getting rod-ends on or off (without even pre-threading them).

You have to squeeze rather hard sometimes to keep the shaft from slipping, but I've still never had any real trouble...
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Snips as in side-cutters or wire cutters. That's the way I do it too
Exactly... works like a charm and the ones I use for my shocks I got for like $4 at my local hardware store.. some cheap chinese piece of crap, but it works perfectly for the job.. and they can still be used to snip
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I use the cutter pliers method too. But an alternative I use is to get a piece of rubber band, wrap it around the shaft a few times and grip it with my pliers. Leaves no marks too.
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