Oval Shimano handle knob cap removal?

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Oval Shimano handle knob cap removal?

Post by greatbarracuda » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:57 pm

Howdy, all my reels have traditional circle caps with the hole but seemingly these newer reels have oval caps without a hole. Are there instructions on how to remove these anywhere without scuffing them up? Hoping to swap some bushings for bearings..

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Re: Oval Shimano handle knob cap removal?

Post by Slazmo » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:46 pm

You'll find they will have a seam line where they meet the plastic tube, where you can get a sharp flat edge under and pop them up. Work from either side to wobble them up and out if they're a bit persistent.

Like on the newer 200, 300 & 400 Tranx's et al...

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Re: Oval Shimano handle knob cap removal?

Post by Bantam1 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:00 am

I use a small jewelers type flat head to pop them off. Same one I have been using for years to remove most of the pop in type caps on our handle knobs.

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Re: Oval Shimano handle knob cap removal?

Post by greatbarracuda » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:32 pm

Thank you both! To be sure, is it prying it from the center tube? And is it an insert/twist or brute force deal?

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Re: Oval Shimano handle knob cap removal?

Post by Bantam1 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:08 am

Get the edge of the screwdriver under a corner and simply pop the cap upward. The force needed isn't that high.

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