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Old 11-16-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Banana Wrap/Reflector Removal

The banana wraps on our "74" Tradewind are in bad shape. I'm going to remove them and try using the "shotput" method of repair. Both banana wraps have a reflector on them. Is there a certain way they need to be removed? Does the reflector come off with the wrap? Thanks!

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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If they are screwed on you should remove the plastic and will see the screws. If the plastic doesn't seem to be removable they are probably glued on. Use a heat gun. They look like an industrial hair dryer if you're not sure. Carefully warm it up and with a thin putty knife slip it under to remove it. Double sided tape, available at most any automotive parts store, will put it back on. If the plastic has deteriorated you maybe should look to replace.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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The reflector is glued onto the pot-metal mount with some kind of double-sided tape. You can pry them out with a screwdriver if you aren't worried about breaking them. I bought replacement reflectors that are the exact same size as the originals at Northern Tool for a couple of bucks. The pot metal mount is pop-riveted to the banana wrap and will come off with the wrap.

My wraps were pretty beat up also. Looked like a PO tried putting a stabilizer jack under two of the wraps, so not only were they dented, one actually had a rip in it where the jack head cut in. I was able to get my wraps pretty straight using a big rubber mallet and a bag of sand. Had to use an English Wheel to repair the really badly creased/torn sections.

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