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Hi,

I am struggling with Female spring bars when trying to install them back on my newly acquired UG compax.
Please share tips on how to remove and install straps with hollow end spring bars and the best tool for doing the job. For all other spring bar needs I have my Bergeon 6767-F.

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I'm not sure on the best tool for the job but the easiest I have found for these is a simple, thin, pocket watch case opener.
 

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I just use a normal spring bar tool with a notched end. Assuming you are installing a leather strap, there is generally enough flexibility in the leather to get the tool deep inside and compress the spring bar. If you're really struggling, just put the spring bars on and then install an open-ended strap. That way you'll never need to mess with the spring bars again.
 

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I just use a normal spring bar tool with a notched end. Assuming you are installing a leather strap, there is generally enough flexibility in the leather to get the tool deep inside and compress the spring bar. If you're really struggling, just put the spring bars on and then install an open-ended strap. That way you'll never need to mess with the spring bars again.
Hi Dan, I tried the exactly the same thing with the notched end, like you expressed there is very little room and to align the spring bar and get it right over the pin head is tricky. I perhaps need a vice to hold the case steady to free-up my hands - will give it another try. excellent suggestion with the open-end strap, regardless, I think I should not mess with the straps once I get one in :)

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For all other spring bar needs I have my Bergeon 6767-F.
I just checked this part number, and ironically I installed female spring bars yesterday morning using exactly this tool, and it was fine, on gold pins. I think the issue may be more the technique than the tool. Perhaps you could practice without the strap to get the feel of it, although the presence of the strap actually constrains the motion of the spring bar, which makes it a little easier. Just know that it is possible, with some practice. Good luck!

Edit: I think I wore these to get a good luck at what I was doing.
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I just checked this part number, and ironically I installed female spring bars yesterday morning using exactly this tool, and it was fine, on gold pins. I think the issue may be more the technique than the tool. Perhaps you could practice without the strap to get the feel of it, although the presence of the strap actually constrains the motion of the spring bar, which makes it a little easier. Just know that it is possible, with some practice. Good luck!
Thanks Dan, Success! It went so easy. With clear view of what i was doing, with the notched end, it was perfect. Now I feel very comfortable.

Edit: I think I wore these to get a good luck at what I was doing.
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I will check this for a later day, Thanks -

guy0783, I checked my chepo case back opener tool, not thin edge, but, I feel with a good technique would work fine as well.

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