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Posted: 5/12/2011 3:05:37 PM EST
I got my barrel back from ADCO today. The work looks fine I just have a concern about the placement of hider. I've never had Smith Vortex pinned on, but the instructions from Smith said not to use a washer during installing it. So I didn't send a washer with the barrel and vortex hider. I'm just wondering if I should be concern about it not being lined up. I'm sure they put it on at the correct torque. I just don't like the way it looks. I'm thinking I should have sent a washer.

Anyone had a Smith Vortex hider pinned and had it turn out like this?


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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 3:51:08 PM EST
Lined up with what? The Vortex is twisted, it's not designed to be "timed".

I have a ADCO pin job using a Vortex and it looks the same as yours. It'll be fine..
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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 4:31:32 PM EST
The washer would be for a non-permanent installation.

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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 4:49:46 PM EST
The Vortex was never intended to have a crush washer. It is self tightening but pinning is obviously needed for legal length.
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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 4:53:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/12/2011 5:14:25 PM EST by Another-Bill]
Originally Posted By Bretshooter:
The washer would be for a non-permanent installation.


Actually you never need a washer with the SE Vortex.
You do not need to use much torque when installing as the design will continuously tighten it every time you fire the gun due to it's twisted tangs.





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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 5:00:00 PM EST
It's installed correctly and looks fine.
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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 5:03:09 PM EST
The orientation of the wrench flats is meaningless, it's installed correctly.
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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 5:18:57 PM EST
It doesn't matter if it's torqued either. It's pinned! It's not going anywhere.

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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 5:27:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By TREETOP:
The orientation of the wrench flats is meaningless, it's installed correctly.


Yes that what I was worried about is how the wrench flats were lined up. But it is alright from what has been posted on here. Thanks everyone.
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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 7:05:26 PM EST
When I pin a FH for someone....I will face the rear locating surface until it will index any way he wants. I don't use a washer.

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Link Posted: 5/12/2011 8:12:05 PM EST
if you pin it you don't need a washer and its not to be timed since its has a vortex design..

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Link Posted: 5/13/2011 8:09:27 AM EST
That is how the Smith flash hider is meant to look, perfecty fine.

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Link Posted: 5/13/2011 9:02:43 AM EST
I can see why you might want the wrench flats squared up, but since its just an appearance issue and the job is complete, I wouldn't worry about it. You can't see it while your shootin.

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