Any modders have tips for swapping straps without damaging a resin case
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    Any modders have tips for swapping straps without damaging a resin case

    I picked up a G-2900 with a strap missing (spring bar pulled out) as a repair project. I noticed that where the spring bar pulled out, it scored the resin distinctly.

    To make sure I ordered the right replacement springbar, I removed the other side of the strap. This was probably a mistake. In the process, I damaged the other side, a bit worse even than the original damage. Getting it back in was easier than getting it out, but only marginally, and I probably did a little more damage to be honest. The strap still seems to hold firmly, but I'd rather be able to do this with some confidence and not harm the watch.

    One trick I found from Jays' and Kays' youtube channel is to hang the springbar out of the strap to help with putting the first end into place cleanly, and that did go well. For the other end of the spring bar, I'm kind of at a loss, and I'd appreciate any tips. I'm using a cheapo spring bar tool from one of the bundles of watch tools on Amazon.

    (Side question: what's the right term for the part that the spring bars click into? Is it what PacParts calls the "case center"?)

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    Re: Any modders have tips for swapping straps without damaging a resin case

    Here's a link on how I install resin straps.

    Quick G-Shock Strap Install Tutorial
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    Re: Any modders have tips for swapping straps without damaging a resin case

    get yourself a good springbar tool eg. bergeon they dont bend or flex (or break) so you can put alot of pressure on them to compress even the most stubborn springs.

    personally i wouldnt worry about a couple little scratches that no one, inc. yourself will see and it takes ALOT of wear before it has any real impact on function.
    if youre really pendantic you can put a small piece of tape inside the lugs to help with the scratches but really all you need is more practice, it gets easier the more you do it and you'll be much less likely to cause any damage.
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    Re: Any modders have tips for swapping straps without damaging a resin case

    I've never used them, but I have seen pictures of pliers for spring bars before. It looks like it grabs both sides at the same time.

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    Re: Any modders have tips for swapping straps without damaging a resin case

    Quote Originally Posted by maxiang View Post
    I've never used them, but I have seen pictures of pliers for spring bars before. It looks like it grabs both sides at the same time.

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    not sure how well these would work on Gs. ive always found one side of the spring bar is easier to access and compress than the other, so trying to get both sides at once could be a little cumbersome/fiddly.
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    Re: Any modders have tips for swapping straps without damaging a resin case

    Co sign on the good springbar tool. For some reason, G-Shock springbars are much stiffer than other makes, including Seiko divers. A mini screwdriver works for other springbars... Not for Gs.
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    New spring bar arrived from eBay. The G-2900 is all back together and looks great 🙂

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    As someone said, nobody will ever see the scars. Thanks for the help!
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