Where can I get a sphere tool ???

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Where can I get a sphere tool ???

Postby clarkekd » Mon Sep 02, 2002 9:44 pm

Andyspares have a part number N98766 for a sphere removal tool but GSF say theres none in stock and they cannot get one. Does anyone know where I can get one ? (preferably not more than about £30)
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Postby Dave1 » Mon Sep 02, 2002 10:11 pm

I use a pipe wrench. Snap-on do a good one and I do believe it is in the price range you mention. You can use it for other things too.
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Postby shaunthesheep » Tue Sep 03, 2002 2:33 am

kevin,
this spheare removal tool, when you spoke to gfs, did they happen to tell you how long it would be before they could get one??
dom
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Postby pwatson » Tue Sep 03, 2002 3:44 am

Try this link for sphere removal tool
http://www.pleiades.uk.com/
Have heard good reports - costs about £30 - mentioned in a post lower down.( http://www.andyspares.com/discussionfor ... IC_ID=1179 ) Further to some advice you received on previous post if you "crack the seals" on the back with suspension on high (and maybe a load in the boot!) YOU MUST use axle stands in case you loosen the sphere a little too much and the suspension lowers itself rapidly onto you!!
For an excellent article by Alan Smith on how to change rear spheres try:-
http://www.geocities.com/citroen_bx/FAQ ... s_007.html
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Postby clarkekd » Tue Sep 03, 2002 2:26 pm

Dom
They didnt say they could get one at all.
Dave
Is a Pipe wrench the same as a chain wrench ? I tried a cheap one and it did one sphere but broke on the second.
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Postby clarkekd » Tue Sep 03, 2002 3:28 pm

Dave
Its OK, I know what a pipe wrench is (just being a bit thick for a minute). I'm surprised theres enough room to get the jaws round. Will give it a try if I can find a big one.
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Postby Dave1 » Tue Sep 03, 2002 10:15 pm

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Dave
Its OK, I know what a pipe wrench is (just being a bit thick for a minute). I'm surprised theres enough room to get the jaws round. Will give it a try if I can find a big one.

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Hi Clarke,
I suppose it is like a chain wrench but not one of those cheap oil filter removal jobs. The chain is more like a motorcycle chain and is sufficiently long to go round the sphere. It has no Jaws like the bond film.
Dave
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Postby Dave1 » Tue Sep 03, 2002 10:19 pm

Re above,
They may not be called a pipe wrench in the UK but I bought mine in the USA and they call it that there. (Just in case you have any difficulty)
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Postby clarkekd » Wed Sep 04, 2002 2:26 pm

Dave
I think a pipe wrench IS different in UK - also known as Stilsons. It would take a huge one for spheres and there would not be room for the jaws.
Your heavy duty chain wrench sounds ideal. However, I have now done the job using a tool I made myself. Will give details in a new message.
Kevin
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Postby shaunthesheep » Wed Sep 04, 2002 3:15 pm

dave,
just spoke to gsf, they have only got one sphere removal tool in the whole of the uk <img src=icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle>.
so any ideas as to where i might be able to get one from, let me know
cheers
dom
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Postby RichardW » Wed Sep 04, 2002 3:22 pm

Dom,
If it's not swearing on here, try Pleiades (www.pleiades.uk.com). They do a tool which is reputed to be good, for around the same money as GSF.
Richard
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Postby Aubrey Smith » Fri Sep 06, 2002 4:44 am

Hi
I got my Sphere with a hammer and a big screw driver(you know the rest).
Aubrey Smith
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Postby ghostrider » Thu Sep 19, 2002 11:31 pm

I hope Pleiades is not a swear word here, Their sphere removal tool is first class, I've had mine 20 years and I've not had a sphere yet that it has failed to undo. One tip I was given, is using an ALUMNIUM rod as a drift is to give the suspension cylinder a hefty tap at the junction of the sphere and suspension cylinder, it helps to break the electrolytic corrosion caused by Citroen's love of mating mild steel and aluminium which coupled with our lovely salted roads causes corrosion like you would not believe! I had a rear suspension cylinder on a bx eaten right through - some 6mm of cast alumnium!
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Postby NiSk » Fri Sep 20, 2002 12:35 pm

Dissolving BX rear suspension cylinders is the rule rather than the exception over here in Sweden. You think you got salt on the roads? You'd think the road authority had shares in Sibera if you saw what they shovel out on the roads over here of a winter time!
It also makes the few GS owners over here very depressed, since most BX owners have cottoned on to the fact the GS front cylinders = BX rear cylinders (and most scrappies giv'm away).
A bit off topic, sorry!
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Postby shaunthesheep » Sat Sep 21, 2002 12:39 am

all,
i've now christed my new sphere tool from [url]pleiades.uk.com[/url]
it worked a treat, glad i brought one now.
dom
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