FITTING AFTERMARKET
STRUTS TO FACTORY GEAR.
KMP FACTORY GEAR UNITS.
HOW TO
Here's the stuff we'll be working with, the factory retract units, the
replacement struts, and at least one of the original wire struts.
Tools needed are a ruler, a sharpie or similar marking pen, and
something to cut the factory wire with. It needs to be an
abrasive type cut-off wheel, like one in a dremel, or the 4" angle
grinder shown. BE SURE TO WEAR SAFETY GLASSES WHEN
WORKING WITH CUTOFF WHEELS AS THEY
WILL SHATTER!!!!!
To fit the Shindin Machine replacement struts to Kmp factory
units, you will need two pieces of the original strut wire, cut to 1
& 5/8", +/- 1/16". Here I have marked the strut for the cuts.... you
can actually get both pins out of one strut, just be sure that the
parts you are cutting out are straight, and don't get any of the
bends included in your cut off piece.
Here is the wire after cutting. The ends will need de-burred after
cutting.  You will need to mark the locations for the set-screw
flats, and grind them with a dremel tool or similar.
Big difference! Not only does the strut now have the correct axle
angle if needed, but it is much beefier looking, and it's also
shock-absorbing!
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The finished pair.