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Old 06-08-2018, 10:59 AM
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Picked up a roundbutt j frame and absolutely hate the rubber grips on it, so I bought a beautiful pair of Altamont's bonded ivory classic panels to replace them. To my dismay, when I took the motorcycle grip off , I saw that the , what do you call it, grip retaining pin? had been removed. Smith is sending me a replacement pin- free of charge, very nice of them- but I'm wanting to know if there is a trick to putting it in... anything anyone can tell me to facilitate installation?
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:21 AM
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If you are referring to the solid pin that is at the very bottom center of the frame, that should go right in, some resistance but no tricks involved. just try to get it as centered as you can,although not super critical,some wiggly room there,depending on your grip manufacturer.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:27 AM
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Torizus, thanks. Good to know. Goes in either way? Not tapered?
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Support the frame, hit it with a little Rem Oil or equlivent line it up and tap it in with a brass or plastic hammer.
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Another method for pins that are really tight.......

Put a socket or a small bench block with a hole over the pin hole in the frame, then start the pin in and put and a small brass block on the other side, then squeeze in a vise to press the pin in.

Later S&W frame pins are roll pins and can be deformed by hammering.

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If it’s tight. Use the old mechanic trick my dad taught me about wheel bearing races. Put the pin in the freezer for an hour or two.
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If itís tight. Use the old mechanic trick my dad taught me about wheel bearing races. Put the pin in the freezer for an hour or two.
Then warm up the frame with a hair dryer.
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