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Posted: 3/18/2006 10:03:40 AM EDT
I broke my strap wrench trying to get off my bushmaster float tube, any other ideas other than just using a 20 in crescent wrench to torque it off?

Btw, I need the gun for a match tommorrow and I would like to have my new pimpy rifle length handguard on my 16" vmatch upper. But I don't want to jack my float tube if the wrench doesn't work either...
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 10:08:16 AM EDT
warm the tube up with a torch, just to a temp where you would not want to hold it bare handed or about 150 degrees, you dont want to heat the upper just the tube

note dont do this if it is rubber covered
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 10:44:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 10:45:03 AM EDT by 0311-m249]
It is rubber covered acutally, but I did it myself with rubber shrink tubing, so I could re do it.
I would have torched it already, buy my torch is packed away. I'll have to try to find it...

May have to use a torch and a wrench.

Wonder if there is any market for a carbine float tube... with bipod stud.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 11:13:26 AM EDT
thanx...guys, you answered my questions w/o me having to post a new topic...
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 11:41:53 AM EDT
Try a hair dryer or a heat gun (for removing paint; $10-$15 at WallyWorld) also.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 3:03:19 PM EDT
ok...what am i doing wrong?


Heated it up till it was to hot to touch. Then put on the strap wrench and gave it a good heave-ho. Are these reverse threaded? I am turning from straight up, towards the ejection port side(looking at the muzzle, counter clockwise). Any other hints?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:35:58 PM EDT
just got mine off...looks like it had some lock tite in there. I had to burn it out.
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