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black replacement protector on Reflex vertical


I somehow split one of the original green vinyl end caps that had been added by Riffclown.  So I switched to a black one I had in stock.  The end caps I used are .313" I.D. x .75" long.  After trimming off the end I stretched them a bit by placing them on needle nose pliers & pulling the handles outward.  Rotated them & did that four times.  Then I lubed the end of the vertical with saliva & slid the vinyl down into position.  After the vinyl regained it's memory the end cap is tight on the tube.

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He's just showing the steps, remove old put hole in vinyl end cap place over rod and spring. next step do other rod.

My question is how are you making the hole in the end cap? Hole punch I bet, I would use a hole punch now that I recently found out about them. Maybe 100 end caps is overkill. Where did the end caps come from, I bought mine from McMaster-Carr.

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I simply cut the end off with the main blade of my trusty Victorinox Swiss Army Knife.  You can see a little round black spot laying there in the image.  I then carefully trimmed it up to make the ends square.  The end caps are indeed from McMaster-Carr, an industrial supply house that I ordered from thousands of times when I worked in manufacturing.  I ordered many different diameters & lengths to use with kites.  I probably have fifteen bags or more.  I even have some white ones that I have used on Rev handle mods.  SHBKFgallery_7709_404_190526.jpg

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I didn't realize there was a story behind each picture, the black end cap replacing the green one picture, I didn't realize they was add-on pieces, a few questions. 1. Why was the vinyl caps added? 2. Why and what is on the spring piece that looks black compared to the shiny part of the spring? 3. If the spring has a vinyl type coating to prevent wear on the rod which is what it looks like, is the vinyl of the spring rubbing on the added vinyl cap going to cause a sluggish reaction compared to the springs original purpose? 4. Is it a vertical rod? 5. Would a small metal band around the rod in the same spot serve the same purpose only in a smoother action, if it is in fact added to prevent wear on the rod?

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