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Old 08-08-2003, 11:36 AM
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I take it you are talking about the guide rod mounts and removing them from the bearing bracket. You need to chuck the bearing bracket up in a vise and use a small sledge, 3lb or so, to drive the mount from the bracket. Sometimes the bearing will be so stuck to the bracket that you actually drive the adjustment rod right out of the mount, but then it is easier to collapse the mount cup.

Removing the mounts from the brackets is the longest step of the 45 minute - 1 hour job.

Before setting the new guide rod mount in the bearing bracket, clean the bracket just enough to get the big stuff out. Don't try to clean the bracket to look like new. I have it on good authority that should you clean it too good, the new mount will not fit snugly and you will still have the knock of a bad mount.
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