How do you completely take apart a 3D Mag-lite?
How do you completely take apart a 3D Mag-lite?
How do you completely read an instruction manual?
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Marduke Thanks that is what I was looking for!
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Remove the head of the Maglite.
Remove the tailcap.
Remove the rubber switch cover. (Wash and dry your hands to help get a grip on the switch cover. Pinch and rotate the cover while pulling on it. It comes out fairly easy and also is not difficult to reinstall).
Insert a 5/64" or 2mm hex wrench into the center of the switch plunger. Loosen the set screw that holds the switch assembly in place. (Trust me, it's there, but you never see it). Once the switch is loose, let it drop through the bottom of the tube.
You can use the same wrench to disassemble the switch itself. Just be sure to pay attention to the placement of the two endcaps, spring and other components so you can reassemble it.
I think there is info on Mag's site of all the components.
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Thanks for that ELM. I followed your directions and fixed all my "broken" Maglites. At first, none of the switches worked and I thought I had to buy new ones. Well, after taking apart each flashlite, disassembling and then reassembling the switches, now they all work.
Who knew it was that easy to do.
Don't forget, Mags have a lifetime warranty! :P
Here's a pdf file from Maglite.
It's a step by step guide.
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Someone should also mention some of the newer Mags have been delivered with a set screw that requires a Torx T8 driver (w/a very skinny shaft) instead of the older 5/64" hex driver. (You should be able to search. Lots of discussion when it first started showing up, about a year ago?)
My first post here. I found this site after much use of British Blades, and have become a little addicted to all things bright and shiny.
I have an old 2D Maglite (without a "D" in the serial number). It has become very dirty after years of abuse in the home and car, and I have decided to give it a good clean, and replace the bulb with a Terralux LED jobbie.
However, after following the instructions on this site, I am unable to budge the switch unit inside the tube. I have completely loosened the grub screw with a 2mm allen key but the switch will not come free.
Should I resort to using force and hit it with a screwdriver and hammer? Or is there another solution?
I also have a pair of Solarforce L2s; a Surefire E2 Executive; a Halcyon HID divelight and a MagCharger.
stretch3144, the older, pre 2001 D mags have a retainer ring in the head that has to be loosened.
My intention was to convert this old 2D Mag into a ROP with a Pelican Big D bulb, and a pair of 18650 cells.
Any further help would be appreciated.
Try pulling it out through the head.
Apparently it is a snap ring and sort of difficult to remove. Use a needle nose plyers. I need to dig out my pre 2001 D mag and look at it if I can find it.
One reason for wanting to disassemble a maglite is because the batteries have leaked and become stuck in place (I have a 4 D LED). Removing the switch is now not possible so one needs to be able to remove the spring clip in the head. This is the one critical operation not described here. Can anyone help with this part of the disassembly?
If your Maglite has a spring clip it can be removed by putting a small screwdriver under one end and lifting it out of the slot that it's in. I've also read that a butter knife is the perfect tool. Never tried that. I've removed several with a screwdriver used as a lever. It's also possible to snag the end of the ring with a length of wire and pull it out. You could clean out the battery section and run a brake cylinder hone through the light to clean it up inside.
I have a 5D Mag, latest model, and been trying a number of allen keys, including 2mm (same as 5/64"), and get no traction. I haven't got a T8, but found that even a T6 head doesn't fit through the little hole that's there. Am I missing something, or has the mechanism been changed again?
EDIT: The link to the instructions on the Maglite site gives a "404 not found" error, and the instructions for my model don't even show the switch unit, so I guess it's not considered user-serviceable anymore. /EDIT
Last edited by ozrj; 03-13-2016 at 06:28 AM.
You can get the T7 in the precision screwdriver set from Advance Auto Parts.
There was a large thread about this in the incan section a way back.
Thank you for the pointer, apete2. They don't want to do business with me because I'm in Australia, but I'll probably be able to find something similar here.
I found this thread: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...r-Mag-D-switchThere was a large thread about this in the incan section a way back.
Interesting read. What a d*** move by Mag.
I simply used YouTube to take apart and put back together, the pause feature is handy.
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The problem is most Torx drivers have a fatter shaft and a narrower tip. If you want to use a T8, the shaft will need to be ground down.