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DirtyBird69 04-16-2014 04:29 AM

Removing track pins Tamiya leopard?
Was wondering if anybody could give me some advice on removing the track-pins from OEM Tamiya Leopard 2A6 tracks? I'm retrofitting these onto my ZTZ but might have to remove a few links and have never done it before...thanks


MAUS45 04-16-2014 05:21 AM

Are they the metal or plastic tracks?

DirtyBird69 04-16-2014 09:06 AM

Plastic...I hear they can be a bear....

Originally Posted by MAUS45 (Post 11784150)
Are they the metal or plastic tracks?

trackmech81 04-16-2014 10:25 AM

A small punch may work.

MAUS45 04-16-2014 10:48 AM

If they came with an extra set of track pins, I would use one of them to drive the pins out of the track far enough for you to be able to grab it with a pair oh pliers and pull the pin out the rest of the way. If not a punch the same size as the pins would do the trick as well.

DirtyBird69 04-16-2014 11:23 AM

sounds like a plan, are the pins a one-way kind of deal? What do I look for as to which end of the pin to apply the punch to?

tomhugill 04-16-2014 12:11 PM

Just don't do it, they're fixed in so you can't really get them out. I wear the scars of trying!

heavyaslead 04-17-2014 11:44 AM

To save some trouble just clip (destroy) the end cap to separate the track to add new links.

The pins are for all intents and purposes pressed in for life!

bowlman 04-17-2014 05:30 PM

ya they tell you in the manual adjust idler to low setting then when tracks start to become to loose adjust idler to high setting then when they get loose again then buy new tracks you can't remove pins easy .


WhiteWolf McBride 04-18-2014 05:56 PM


When I pulled my Pershing set apart, I used a fine flat-head screwdriver, and wriggled it between the track-pad and the connector-piece... tried it in various places, if I got no movement after a bit of not-so-gentle prying, I moved to the next connector. I eventually found one that would come apart, and used it to lengthen the track. If you are shortening track, I guess loosing a link by destruction is ok, but you still need one intact to re-assemble it, yes?

Its worth trying. I did it while watching TV, glancing down to see if things moved before moving on to the next, and resuming TV watching. Could do it while listening to music too... or whatever relaxes you.

Good luck... and let us know what works, hokay? We always need a reply on what offered-solution ~does~ work for a difficult problem...


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