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Old 06-22-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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LN crank lock too long - OK to cut it down?

Sorry to ask yet another question. I've found I can't maneuver the black-handled LN Engineering crank lock tool into position: it's too long to fit. Probably not a problem with the 911 but the Boxster panel behind the seats gets in the way.

I have a stubby 5/16" drill which is almost exactly 8mm in diameter - the diameter of the crank lock tool. It fits in just fine and bottoms out at approximately 45mm deep when measured from the front of the crankshaft pulley. I put some tape around it and you can see where I marked it with a Sharpie.



My question: is there any reason I shouldn't cut the end off the LN crank lock tool, making the rod have a length approximately 45mm from the end to the black plastic handle?

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Old 06-22-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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If its too long because you got the engine in the car just unthread the shaft from the plastic handle
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:07 PM   #3
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Or use the drill bit.
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Drill bit will work just fine ....use it. Other alternative is an allen wrench, it will work to
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:00 PM   #5
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If its too long because you got the engine in the car just unthread the shaft from the plastic handle
I realized this after I trimmed mine. But that still doesn't make sense: why put on a nice handle if you have to remove it to make the tool work.

I cut it down and dressed the end with my grinding wheel. The tool now has about 4mm between the crank pulley and the plastic handle when fully inserted.

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