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Old 11-05-2011, 10:02 PM #49
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Awesome! I'll take a crack at separating mine probably tomorrow, today my time is taken up with wedding festivities... Thanks for the follow up pictures and procedure +


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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

Well after trying to carefully twist and pull these pieces apart with a couple pairs of padded vice grip wrenches, I'm starting to devour the tailcap. I cant get mine to budge or come apart and I've also slightly distorted the perfect circle shape the tailpiece once had from the pressure of the wrenches. Now when I screw it back onto the host, there's a lot of tension & the threads are grinding each other down. I almost couldn't get it back on at all.

I'll be in the market for ordering a new tailpiece from WL soon but for now I'm done messing with this one. It's functional so it will do.

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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

Contact dan@wickedlasers.com and he will order a new tailcap for you and get it sent out for ya.

It's a bit tricky and you need to be careful with it.

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I just emailed him & asked about it, thanks again!
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I cant get mine to budge or come apart and I've also slightly distorted the perfect circle shape the tailpiece once had from the pressure of the wrenches. Now when I screw it back onto the host, there's a lot of tension & the threads are grinding each other down. I almost couldn't get it back on at all
that's what append to mine exactly, too much muscle on the vice grips for this aluminum to handle, try jamming your thin flat blade in the join and levering it out!
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that's what append to mine exactly, too much muscle on the vice grips for this aluminum to handle, try jamming your thin flat blade in the join and levering it out!
Please forgive me for not picturing what you're talking about, but can you post a pic or 2 of how or in which direction I should lever the join out? I need to be very careful attempting any more work on taking this component apart because of what I've done to it already, I can't afford another wrong move hehe.

I've also gotten a response back from Dan at WL (thanks again for the recommendation bobhaha!) and he is helping me resolve my issue

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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

You need to be very careful when working with the exterior of any host... think twice act once!

Basically once you get the ring to move a fraction it should reveal a lip between the tailcap and the ring. Place a screwdriver between the two and pry it open... I'll get a pic in a sec..

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Normally the aluminum part is not exposed as that is pressfit into the tailcap. But you can see how there is a lip between the ring and where the tailcap finishes... when this gap is exposed you can use a screwdriver with very little force to remove it.

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You need to be very careful when working with the exterior of any host... think twice act once!
Believe me I know. I usually dont have a problem using pressure with vicegrips when disassembling hosts because I use rubber padding on my wrenches that generally prevents scuffing or damage to the surfaces I'm working with. In this case because the pieces are together so tightly I've passed the point of untampered return & compromised the circular threading. That's more the concern to me than the cosmetic damage I've done since it's wearing on the host threading. The picture you've posted shows it all though, I can see now what has that bad boy stuck so well in it's place.
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