On 12/11/10, Randall <TR3driver@ca.rr.com> wrote:
>> how tough was it to get the hinge pins out?
> ...I don't think doing this on the car would be a good idea, though.
No doubt it is not a good idea -- but I did it anyway. Used a
C-Clamp, a nut with an opening larger than the pin and a bit of metal
smaller than the diameter of the pin. But then mine pressed out
easily, yours may not.
I did not used the pins supplied with the rack as they prevent you
from removing the rack with the hinges in place (something I wanted to
do easily and frequently). Instead I used allen-head cap bolts and
nyloc nuts with some nylon bushings from Ace to make it all fit.
Now let me think... what did I do with those pins I didn't need?
> Some kind person on this list sent me a replacement, but I'm ashamed to
> admit that I have forgotten who it was.
Oh yeah, now I remember.
> Note that the rubber feet supplied (at least the ones I got from TRF) will
> leave marks in the paint.
I glued (double-sided tape actually) circles cut from an old
sweatshirt to the rubber feet. I affixed the material to a circle of
sheet aluminum to present a flat surface contact (the rubber pads on
mine were concave and w/o the aluminum would have mainly made contact
near the edges). That and a good waxing before installation has
prevented serious marks on my soft-as-butter clear coat finish.
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