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Old 03-13-2018, 09:07 PM   #11
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Easy Peasy, it's only 22 lbs.
So you say.

I give. I can't compress it for a long enough time and with the correct visual sight line to find the pin hole, let go with one hand and pick up the pin. I need another set of hands.

I wimped.

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I don't understand, you don't use the pin to install the spring in the gun, what are you trying to do?
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I don't understand, you don't use the pin to install the spring in the gun, what are you trying to do?
This spring is so much longer than the Kimber spring. It is like a wiggle worm trying to compress it. Get to a certain point and it springs sideways.

I have tried two ways to compress it, by hand outside the slide and while on the slide. Neither are working.

As far as the staking pin, just trying to follow the instructions.

http://www.wilsoncombat.com/press/CO...STRUCTIONS.pdf

Hopefully this is making sense.

Edit: The spring is over two times the length of the guide rod.

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I have somewhere around 8 guns with WC flat wire springs and never saw those instructions. The last time I bought a kit was a couple of years ago so things may have changed. I've never use the pin or any other tool to remove or install the recoil springs when I break down a gun. I'm sorry you're having a problem, when installing the kit on a Pro size gun I slip the reverse spring plug into the slide. Then I insert the guide rod into the spring and insert the end of the spring into the plug. I hold my left hand over the slide and spring and push on the back of the guide rod with my right until it slips into place.

This is copied directly from Wilson Combats site:

The Bullet Proof Compact Spring Kit has been extensively endurance tested and is a drop in-part with no fitting required. The .250 diameter rod can be re-installed at home or in the field easily without tools or using a take down pin or bent paperclip.

Just so you know, I'm 74 years old with a touch of arthritis in my hands not some young jock.
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mine is a wiggly worm also. the key is in what was said above, put your hand over the slide with your fingers on the spring to keep it from bending, then push the rod in. i watched a couple of videos where they do just that. there is a hole in the Wilson kit and they give you about a 1/4" pin that you can use viz the original set up, although you don't have to compress the spring all the way down to use it, the hole is more closer to the end than the original, compress spring as much as you can, then slide the pin stop in and it will work. new springs are a bear sometimes, i have my slide locked back for a couple of days to 'break it in', which i am sure is just a futile attempt on a flat wound spring, but it does work on round springs to make them a little easier to put in. Once you practice a few times with the left hand placement it gets a lot easier.
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Chuck no spring chicken myself, 65 and got some that arthritis going on myself.

Roadkill do you have a link to any of those videos? I did a search on youtube and came up empty. Might have been my search phrasing though.

Is the spring really over twice the size of the guide rod? Seems like it would fit a 5" better. Curious if I got the wrong spring with correct rod.
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Have you checked out our "Gunsmith" sub forum?

Installing A Wilson Combat Flat Wire Spring Kit In A 4" Kimber
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The two I put in my Pro models were tough at first to install. I actually wore a pair of leather work gloves in order to have a solid grip on the slide and spring and guide rod.
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Have you checked out our "Gunsmith" sub forum?

Installing A Wilson Combat Flat Wire Spring Kit In A 4" Kimber
Chuck - thanks for that link. That is one of the ways that I was attempting to install the spring. I get about half way compressed and the spring pops out to the side. Doesn't come close to how smoothly the video shows it going together.

I may just try some gloves as swca suggests.

I think I got a 44# spring.
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Hang in there, you'll get it and yes it does get easier.
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