Mag D Switch Removal ?

Bob96

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I know that there is a long thread about Mag changing their allen head set screw to something unknown. I just received two new Mags for upgrading and, of course, both have the "New Screw". I need to remove these switches and don't want to search for specility tools from the other side of the Earth. I don't care if the stock switches are destroyed in the removal process.
How can I get them out without hurting the lights???
 

Justin Case

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Read post #15 of the thread on the new set screw tool for Mag D switches.
 

UberLumens

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Its a T8

My local Ace hardware had a few choices for about $2-$3.

Bring the light with you to make sure the shaft of the driver fits.(mine was a hair to big, but i just ground it down a little to fit)
 

Bob96

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Read post #15. Tried every small screwdriver that would fit through the hole = no luck. Hammer - punch - screwdriver - destroyed old switch and punched it out the bottom of the tube.
 

Justin Case

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Re-read post #15. Try using the recommended ALLEN WRENCH, filed down:

"I was able to remove the new set screw by using a 2 mm allen wrench altered by grinding and shaping [edit added for clarity: it into] a standard screw driver blade...."
 
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LuxLuthor

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Read post #15. Tried every small screwdriver that would fit through the hole = no luck. Hammer - punch - screwdriver - destroyed old switch and punched it out the bottom of the tube.

Nothing like that age old addage: Use the right tool for the job.

I guess there are different interpretations of what is the "right" tool. :)
 

mrartillery

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Ran across my first one of these new screws the other day and didn't have a T8 and didn't want to file a hex down, so I drilled out the mag switch center and then drilled out the screw, as I had no use for the center chunk anyway. The moral; When all else fails, get out the power tools. :whistle:
 

Bob96

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Re-read the post on removing the "New" Mag Switches. Yes if you file a 2mm allen wrench down on two sides - not to a knife edge - but like a screwdriver blade - it fits perfectly in the new Torx socket and turns it easily. No need for hammer - punch - screwdriver any more!
 

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I thought it would happen..., ive now come across this wonderful new screw in a new 2d silver incan mag. After trying every allen key in my toolbox i eventually found the one i normally use but it didnt fit obviously.

I can confirm that filing down of two sides of a 2mm allen works. But a pita for sure.

Im in the UK but for you US fellas has anyone tried this torx? - http://www.micro-tools.com/store/P-51-1681/Torx-Driver--T8-Steel-Handle.aspx

Not sure if its long enough to make it down the hole or if the shaft is too fat but looks kinda thin.
 
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