CUSTOM PIVOT PIN for 13XX

$12.50

 IMPORTANT : Some tubes have the pivot-pin holes further back than others. Older tubes tended to have them closer to the front of the tube which fits well. Newer tubes tend to have them back further which causes the barrel band holes to be sightly off center (too far forward) for the pivot pin to fit through easily. If you run into this problem the easiest fix is to simply file the front of the tube back slightly until the holes align. This is very easy to do, only a few file strokes are needed in most cases. Be very careful to keep filings out of the tube where they can cause damage to the seals. We use these pins for all our custom 13XX builds. We fit them to the tube, then clean the parts before assembly.

This pin is made of super-strong grade 12.9 alloy steel with a stainless steel nut. It fits a 3/32" hex wrench and 1/4" wrench or socket which is not included. The socket head has a black oxide finish, the pin is polished with no oxide. It's 3/16" diameter so the pivot-pin hole in your tube needs to be enlarged slightly for it to fit. The hole in the tube is 3/16" press-fit to hold split-pins and roll-pins tight. This custom solid pin fits a 3/16" slip-fit hole which is very slightly larger. A standard 3/16" drill bit can be used to enlarge the hole to the correct size. The hole in one side of the tube (generally the left side) is usually large enough to fit the pin, the hole in the opposite side is usually the smaller press-fit. Inserting the drill bit through the larger hole to line it up straight with the smaller hole helps to keep them aligned correctly. The sharp edges of the holes inside the tube should be dulled to avoid the valve and piston seals from being cut during assembly. This can be done easily with a small round hobby file or a small piece of 300-400 grit sandpaper rolled tightly into a tube to use as a file. Insert the file through the outside of the hole at an angle and file lightly around the entire diameter until the edge is dull. Do not remove a lot of metal, just enough to smooth-over the edge.     

 This pin has a shoulder that stops the flat-side of the nut from threading too far in. The length in between the nut and head is 3/4" which is the same as the OD of the tube. This prevents the front of the tube from expanding when force is applied to the pump lever. This is the most stable pin design for this purpose, it also prevents over-compressing the front of the tube.