I purchased a Su%$#%re look alike off Ebay from a company called Cooleyes. It's a very nicely machined and anodized 2-123 5 led light. My problem is, when you first tighten the endcap, only 3 leds light very dimly. If I hit it against my hand, all leds light up..brightly. I'm assuming either poor ground to chassis, or cold solder joint. I have been playing with this light trying to remove the head for 5 days now with no luck at all. I even bought a pair of those band type wrenches so I won't damage the finish. Is there a trick to removing these type heads? I suspect they assemble these with some sort of thread lock. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/help.gif[/img]
[ QUOTE ] unclearty said:
Good idea...I'll try that tonight...any idea how long to "boil" it???
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Oh...about 5 minutes or so. I used this technique to disassemble the tail switch to a Pelican M6. In that case, I didn't use a bag. I had to boil it 3 times before it broke free. The plastic bag would be safer though.
Well..I just spent over 2 hours screwing with that darned light. Boiled it...twice..each time for 5 minutes..nothing...broke 2 brand new band clamps..heated it with a heat gun..nuttin'...finally the very calm and collected inner person in me did the rational thing...pulled out the big guns!! A pipe wrench on the body and an oversized pair of Vicegrips on the head. After leaning into my workbench and pushing with all my might, I broke the threadlock's grip. Of course there isn't too much anodizing left on the body..and the head has these two large teeth marks, BUT I GOT IT!!!! Just as I had susupected, when this light was assembled, they used a ton of threadlock which gooped it's way up and under the led mounting plate...poor ground. Cleaned up everyting, lubed the threads with bulb grease, and whadda ya know..solid white light..through a foggy lens...the boiling trick turned the lens opaque. Took an old Brinkman head apart..cut a new lens, sanded the edges smooth and my light works. Course it looks like it was dragged behind a 40 footer from Boston to Malibu, but it works great. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]