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rcarsey 04-01-2019 12:30 PM

iS engine cushion clamp frustration (tip)
 
I received the engine last week and had it mounted up in no time.

Towards the end of this KAI section, they have you use 3 cushion clamps (MS21919's) all stacked on top of each other with one long AN3 bolt. You're securing two fairly thick wiring-harness cables to the powder coated engine frame, hence the need for THREE clamps.

I must have wasted a full hour trying to line up all the clamps, squeeze them, get the bolt through all of them.. very frustrating.

After careful inspection of the photo in the KAI, I noticed that the factory had compressed each clamp separately and used safety wire to keep them closed.

After closing/compressing, then safetying the three clamps separately, it was a lot easier to slide the AN3 bolt through all of them and get the nut on. Maybe everyone knows this trick already, but it blew my mind! I didn't realize that this thin safety had that much strength to hold a clamp shut.


Cammie Patch 04-01-2019 01:58 PM

Adel clamps have taken a lot of verbal abuse over the years.
Needle nose vice grips are handy to have too.

bkervaski 04-01-2019 02:04 PM

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Needle nose vice grips are handy to have too.
Or zip ties ... we used them to hold clamps together while fitting the hardware and then just clip them off.

bobg56 04-01-2019 04:26 PM

Run an awl thru and clamp with needle nose vise grips or safety wire..

Kyle Boatright 04-01-2019 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by bobg56 (Post 1336107)
Run an awl thru and clamp with needle nose vise grips or safety wire..

Hemostats are very helpful too.

But Adel clamps remain an instrument of torture. ;-)

RFSchaller 04-01-2019 11:47 PM

Darn! I thought the needle nose vise grips were a flash of genius unique to me!😝


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