By Joep Willemsen
|1: The goal: Taking the lug apart, shorten the tube, and assemble again to have a shorter lug.|
|2 What you need: A small hex key and a plastic hammer, or anything else to strike the lug without damaging the lacquer on the copper. With chrome lugs a harder hammer can be used, but a plastic hammer will do just fine. You can also use a screwdriver handle, I used that on my first lug.|
|3 The hex
screw is inside the lug screw hole. Fiddle and turn a bit until you get
the hex key in. You'll know when it's the right size. It will feel quite
'stuck' and turning requires quite a bit of force at first.
black insert removed. I removed it just to show the insert. You don't have
to fully remove it, just unscrewing it for 5-10 half-turns is ok. The
pointy end of the insert falls into a small hole in the middle tube of the
lug, so it only has to be unscrewed for a few mm.
|5 Hit the end of the lug with a plastic hammer as showed in the picture.|
|6 After a few blows you'll see that it has moved already.|
|7 A few
more blows and the end piece comes off.
|8 All lugs
disassembled, ready for cutting them down to fit on a smaller drum.