I've seen this tool advertised and followed the threads about them and even commented on one of the threads.
Well... I'm here to eat my words. I've never really had much of a problem getting the headlight rings off but a couple of weeks ago I tried to remove one (with great difficulty I finally got it off) that I had previously removed and cleaned and greased for easy future removal(IS there such a thing?).
SO... I broke down and spent the $30 for the tool and Oh My GAWD!~~!!
List me as a fellow convert...
I have never had one that I could not get off using a leather belt wrapped around the rim. Ever (this includes a few that were outside for 50+ years and were simply fused with rust). Having said that now, the next set will probably be impossible to get off.
John, who do I contact to get one?
Berg's makes them.
I believe it is Bob Bergstadt that is making them. I can't imagine using one on my '25 with out messing up the paint big time. I use my hands, just like I always have, and push and turn! No messing up the paint that way!`
A small bit of Duck tape on the ends of tool,and it won't likely mar your paint. They really do work well.
I've never used one period! I just push in whilst turning and they've always come off...even the rusty looking ones. But I suppose those belt strap wrenches you can get over at Harbor Freight probably work just as well...and they're cheap too, about $4.00.
I have one of these tools and like it. It REALLY does the job on hard to remove headlight rings.
Or you can make your own if you're so inclined and have a Zen relationship with your tools.
This appeared in the service bulletins back in the 20s.
I have one like the one Ken pictured above. My experience is that it only works if the rim is easily removable. Actually, I can do just as good a job with my bare hands.
Maybe when this was printed back in the '20's, before the T's were all rusted up, it was ok.
I had one that drove me nuts trying to get it off with bare hands until I hit upon the idea of running a length of grippy rubber "tape" (it only sticks to itself, no adhesive) around the rim. The darn thing just about fell of in my hands after that little trick. Now I keep a small role of the stuff in a bag under my seat.
Notice those four 5/16" holes in the tool Ken posted. The purpose of those is to grab the rivets to turn the rim. If you have a tool that squeezes in on the rim like a filter wrench, that's a problem.
By the way, making one yourself is a good DIY project.
I vote with Jelf for a DIY project but don't know how he keeps from setting his beard on fire!
If you can not remove it with your bare hands, rubber gloves work really well to get a good grip on the ring. No special tools needed.
I got one of Bob's tools. It works great. Well worth the investment of $30.00.
The nice thing about the rubber strap and handle that the hardware stores like Harber freight sells is you can use them for a score of other jobs. One example is when we were having some trouble getting some large pipe loose in my swimming pool pump house the rubber strap worked real well. There are some things other than headlight rims that the rubber straps works well on.
$30 is a bargain. The one in my pictures is NOT the new reproduction.
You normally never need one of these, but the day you do need it you will be glad you have one.
I am the one that makes these here in the USA
I have a few on t-bay right now at 30.00 with free postage in the cont. USA
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