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Old 04-01-2019, 11:30 AM
rcarsey rcarsey is offline
 
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Default 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.


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Old 04-01-2019, 12:58 PM
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Adel clamps have taken a lot of verbal abuse over the years.
Needle nose vice grips are handy to have too.
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:04 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.
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:26 PM
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Run an awl thru and clamp with needle nose vise grips or safety wire..
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:41 PM
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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. ;-)
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:47 PM
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Darn! I thought the needle nose vise grips were a flash of genius unique to me!😝
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