FDP Forum / Trem Arm Plastic Tip Arrrrrrrh!/ 12 messages in thread.

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roadhog96



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Oct 2nd, 2017 06:12 PM        

There must be a special way to remove the plastic trem tip without damaging it but for the life of me, I haven't figured it out. For some reason I've always thought they were screwed on but thats not the case the new tips have no threads. I cant pull it off either. The two that came with the new arm are the wrong color. I need the one on the old arm. Has anyone had any luck with this that they care to share it would be greatly appreciated.



Peegoo

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Oct 2nd, 2017 06:23 PM        

Boil a pot of water. <br /> <br /> Put on some leather work gloves. <br /> <br /> Hold most of the arm in the hot water, plastic end in first. After about 20 seconds, remove the arm and quickly grip the plastic tip with the other hand and twist back and forth rapidly as you pull. The tip should slip off.<br /> <br /> This has worked for me in the past.



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Oct 2nd, 2017 06:30 PM        

What is this "work?" And why are there leather gloves involved?



reverendrob

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Oct 3rd, 2017 01:06 AM        

Boiling water and metal:<br /> <br /> You're going to burn the bejesus out of your hand otherwise!



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Oct 3rd, 2017 05:57 AM        

Unless you want a Wangbar Tattoo, of course.<br /> <br /> If so--have at it!



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Oct 3rd, 2017 12:52 PM        

Wangbar Tattoo<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Genius.<br /> <br /> <br />



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Oct 3rd, 2017 01:50 PM        

Band Name Alert



roadhog96



USA / N.East Coast

Oct 3rd, 2017 03:28 PM        

Peegoo, the wangbar that you pulled the tip off was for which guitar, American Standard or Mexican?



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Oct 3rd, 2017 04:12 PM        

Several...MIM, MIA, MIJ. I do know older Strats had threaded plastic tips. Even if your does, you should be able to twist it off.



roadhog96



USA / N.East Coast

Oct 3rd, 2017 05:41 PM        

Well I was about to try the boiling water trick and I had a bright idea. I found a small washer that just fit over the arm. I ran it up till it was sitting under the plastic tip. I took a 5/16 box end wrench and clamped it in the vise. Slid the arm into the wrench so that the washer was resting on the box end. With a little tapping on the end thats threaded for the trem block using a plastic end hammer the arm came out of the tip. No damage to either peice and I didnt need gloves, lol.<br /> <br /> Without giving any thought to the new replacement arm I did the same thing to that arm to remove the wrong colored tip. Well it came out and guess what? The fricken arm is threaded, WTF. The old tip pressed on over a short raised splined area on the arm. This Fender replacement arm thats made for a American Standard has threads on both ends. The old arm came with my American Standard Series. The old tip is not threaded and is a loose fit on the new arm. Lucky the new tip didnt get damaged from being forcefully pulled off of the threaded arm. It screwed back on and is tight. Looks like there is a small trace of some residue in between a few of the threads on the arm. Its dark and not the plastic threads from the tip.<br /> <br /> Was the tip put on with some type of adhesive and the threads on the arm are just there to help create a good bond to the metal or does the tip have internal threads. If I order a new parchment tip is it going to be threaded or does it have to be glued on? Fender should have made them all the same



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Oct 3rd, 2017 07:22 PM        

"Fender should have made them all the same"<br /> <br /> That makes WAY too much sense.



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Oct 3rd, 2017 09:44 PM        

Yeah. It's a crapshoot; there's no consistency. That's why I use the twist-off method.



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