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    Factory needle clip installation

    Got a small problem installing my 3.0 kit... When I have the clip in the number 3 position (from the top of the needle), I can't get the retainer to go down far enough to give it a quarter turn.
    Seems that the post that holds the spring in is bottoming out on the top of the needle.
    Anyone run into this before? What should I be doing?

    Thanks
    Bill

    #2
    You need to cut it off.
    Remember those needles were made to fit many different models.

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      #3
      Cut the plastic tip down I assume?

      Thanks
      Bill

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        #4
        No, the needle.

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          #5
          Sounds good... Surprised there's no mention of this in the instructions.
          Thanks for the help
          Bill

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            #6
            Hold up..... I've just talked to JD about this problem and he says

            "Shorten the little plastic nubby that holds the spring on the retainer, and then things will fit."
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              #7
              Cool... Works for me! I don't expect that either method would do any harm, but trimming the plastic is certainly easier.


              Thanks
              Bill

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                #8
                That's exactly how I did it as well, trim the plastic. It is quite a bit easier to cut than steel
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                  #9
                  Needles are easier to replace than the retainer.

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                    #10
                    Meh.. there'd never be a reason to replace the retainer... It works just fine with the nub cut off with either OEM or factory needles.

                    What if I wanted to use the first clip position in the future! hehe. yeah, I know... prob not...

                    Anyway, it's all done... heated up a razer blade and cut off enough so that it still does it's job of retaining the spring, but doesn't interfere with the top of the needle.

                    Thanks all!
                    Bill

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