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Old 02-22-2012, 02:11 PM   #91
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I tried the freezer idea while buttoning up the neutral switch install on the '83. Of course, it was 90+ degrees in my shop and the Beemer chassis was just a big ol' heat sink. Thawed that puppy in a New York Minute. D'oh.

What helped was dressing the sharp edge on both ends of the aluminum tube. File or carefully grind a 45˚ bevel -1'16" wide is plenty- and the tube is just a tad easier to get started.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:35 PM   #92
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:46 PM   #93
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Originally Posted by photorider View Post
I've found the tire irons in the BMW tool kit work great for prying the spacer out with no damage.
My BF Screw Driver works just fine!

Hate rots the pocket that carries it.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:45 AM   #94
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This is exactly what I used yesterday to remove the aluminum tube.
Craftsman 17 in. Pry Bar, with 12 in. Curved Bladed Screwdriver

Put the pry bar under the aluminum tube. Push down the pry bar. It's leveraged against solid aluminum transmission housing. The curved -up metal tip will move the aluminum up but away from the neutral switch.

Very easy and it works. Only cost $12.99 from Sears.
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