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Old 09-28-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Sunvisor rod removal help

I have new rods to put in the sun visors of a 1971 C10 but I am scared to yank out the old rods afraid I will tear something up. Is there a video or somewhere that I can see how to change these safely?

These also appear to be metal, so can I be safe to assume I can paint these to match the interior of my truck?
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

They will tear, they have a Cardboard type of backer inside and break very Easy. I ordered new ones at LMCtruck.com
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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I have replaced mine twice, just pull hard, a little at a time. I can't imagine tearing them.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

I have done it several times it's no problem if there are in good shape.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:20 PM   #5
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I will give it a try tonight and see what happens. How about painting the bracket?
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:23 PM   #6
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

Just get a good grip on the visor and work it back and forth it should work its way off.
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:39 PM   #7
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

I got the old bracket out of one of the visors with no big problem. I used a set of channel locks to hold the rod and just slowly twisted the visor and it came off. It was somewhat intimidating trying not to break anything, lol.

When putting the new rod in, I noticed it had a small metal tube that the rod would slide into and it went pretty good until....the last couple inches wont budge and I don't want to hit it and mar it up. My hands are pretty soar from twisting the new rod, it is a VERY tight fit. Any tricks to make the last couple inches of the rod to fit properly?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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Here are some photos for everyone to look at. Hopefully this will help someone that has any questions. I still have to get the rod in the last couple inches but you can see some of the process.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:55 PM   #9
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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DO NOT get in a hurry with this. I had to use channel locks to get a good grip on it, but I just used slow twisting and pressure until it finally came out.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:03 PM   #11
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

My cat was wondering what this thing was....it was a little frustrating working the rod back into the visor...this takes more patience then removing it did, lol. You can see what happens if you are not careful. There must be a split inside the visor but it was terrifying when it bent at first. When the rod is far enough inside, the visor doesn't bend anymore.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #12
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:54 PM   #13
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

I know exactly what you mean about it being a workout to replace the rods. I finished one visor last year and said to heck with the other one.

I was sweatin' and cussin' too!

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:22 PM   #14
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I called LMC today to ask if they had any complaints about the rods being to big. (I noticed the package says "Made in Taiwan", not blaming it on that but cant rule it out.) The person on the phone said there were NO notes about the rods not fitting. I told her that the rods are almost impossible to get them in the last 6 inches. I have put dish soap on one of them where it was incredibly slippery and it still got me no closer to finishing.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:25 PM   #15
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

I just ordered replacement sun visors for my '71 Blazer and the replacements look different than the originals. The replacements have triangular brackets like the ones in the photos above, but my originals use a different style mounting bracket. Am I missing something?
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:02 PM   #16
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

Don't use dish soap , A little white lithium grease will do the trick also turn them clockwise and not counter clockwise or back and forth ,if you look down the tube they are basically a C type compression fit and if you turn them in with a twisting motion while applying pressure you should be able to get them to twist right in in less than 1 minute , The picture shows a bend in the visor and you may have kinked the tube ? if so it's done, Time for a new one .
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Re: Sunvisor rod removal help

Dredging up a long dead thread, but only to offer MAJOR KUDOS to Grumpy old man for suggesting a small amount of white lithium grease, and only clockwise spinning of the rod.... This information turned what at first appeared to be an enormous pita, to a relatively simple task. Not necessarily quick, but 100% effective requiring zero tools, except the phillips head screw driver for installation in the cab. Thank you, immensely!

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Old 07-31-2020, 01:37 PM   #18
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This post made today’s little job in between meetings a breeze! Thanks for the tip, Grumpy Old Man!!!
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