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    My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    The DW5600 has always been a longtime favorite of mine (I've had one for many years). However, due to my skinny wrists, the resin strap never fitted me well. I then learned about the Mil-Shock where the stock 16mm lug width is widened to fit a 20mm nylon strap. This seemed to be the ticket. As others have also done, I decided to make a (semi-original) version of my own on a newly acquired 5600. I took pics during the process and wanted to share some info on how I did it...

    Step 1: Remove bezel and strap. Use a micro Phillips screwdriver to remove the bezel screws on the side of the watch. Pry off bezel. Use a springbar tool to remove the straps.

    Step 2: Widen lugs. I used a 20mm Maratac Mil-series strap (same as original Mil-Shock) from http://www.broadarrow.net/maratac.htm. I used a Sharpie to fill in the lug area I needed to remove. I taped up the case to prevent inadvertent scratching of crystal/case. I used a Dremel tool to grind away most of the plastic and used a small file and 400 grit sandpaper to carefully remove the last amount of plastic until Sharpie ink was all gone. http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d192/thaiguy69/wideninglugs.jpg
    Notes: The "20mm" strap actually measured 19.5mm, so I widened the lugs to little over 19mm. I suggest measuring your strap in case of similar production variations.
    I used a cylindrical high speed cutter bit with my Dremel tool...
    http://www.dremel.com/en-us/attachments-and-accessories/attachment-accessory-detail.htm?H=188537&G=66237&I=66276 Cover the area of the case between the lugs with thick tape to prevent gouging from inadvertent contact with the cutter bit. For the sanding, I tightly hand-wrapped the sandpaper over something flat and solid with a square edge. This produces a flat inner lug surface. The square edge produces a crisp corner between inner side of the lug and the case. I used the metal handle of a case opener.

    Step 3: Drill lug holes. I used regular spring bars instead of the solid pins as with the original. I used a micro drill bit and pin vice to make new spring bar holes (original ones gets grounded away from lug widening). I used calipers to match the diameter of the drill bit to the diameter of the spring bar ends (0.7mm). I drilled completely through each lug from the outside in...
    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d192/thaiguy69/drillingholes.jpg
    Notes: In lieu of a bench vice, I mounted the case onto a small plastic box using double-sided foam tape. Unfortunately, you can not just pull the watch off due to the extremely tight bond. To detach the watch, I use fishing line to cut the tape off the surface (use a motion like flossing your teeth).
    I used a pin vice (small hand drill) with micro bit set to make my holes (got it on eBay). Make sure to carefully position the holes! Too close to the edge and the holes will be weak. Too close to the case and the strap will not pass through.
    Keep the drill bit as aligned as possible as you are turning the pin vice. Even with my careful measurements and very steady hands, the lug holes were slightly out of alignment with the other. For best results, use a drill press where you can drill all the way through both lugs with one drill stroke. The holes will be much better aligned.

    Step 4: Install spring bars and strap.
    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d192/thaiguy69/lugwithspringbar.jpg
    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d192/thaiguy69/closeupspringbarandlugs.jpg
    You can compress and install the springbar by hand since there is no strap in the way. Thread the strap through the lugs.
    Notes: adjust position of case along strap for best fit on wrist with the bezel off! You will not be able to do so with the bezel on because of the tight fit. In the pics above, you can see the effect of the holes being slightly out of alignment with each other; the springbar does not run exactly parallel to the case. Fortunately, this is barely noticable once the strap is attached and should have a negligible effect on the integrity of the springbar attachment. The advantage of using springbars is that the compressible ends normally have a little "wobble," making them forgiving to slight hole misalignments. If using a solid pin, the holes will have to be in perfect alignment in order to pass the pin though both lug holes.

    Here are pics with everything reassembled...


    The watch now better fits my 6.5" wrists. It feels and wears much more compactly than stock (see attachment for comparison)...

    The strap neatly slips underneath and is secured by the bezel edges...

    Nylon strap is soft and comfy. Excess strap neatly folds underneath the keeper...

    Anyways, I finally now have the perfect G-Shock for me. I highly recommend this mod. I'm sure it can also be applied to other models as well.
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    Last edited by kontai69; March 31st, 2008 at 20:35. Reason: added more info and pics

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    Re: My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    Way to go! Very cool!

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    That looks like a very neat job. I'm impressed!
    I used to list my watches here until I realised it ruined people's Google searches...

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    Re: My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    nice modding thumbs up......
    watches are meant to tell times..

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    Re: My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    Only change I would make, and it's entirely personal choice, would be to use solid bars, sealing them to the case with just a tiny bit of JBWeld.

    Later,
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    Looks good

    Clean job.

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    Re: My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    I've been wanting to do something like this FOREVER. Thanks so much for the info. Looks like this will be my next project!!!

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    Re: My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    Let me be the first to state the obvious - this one needs to be a Sticky in the How To.

    You can pretty much also guarantee it will be one of the most viewed posts on all the G-Shock Forums, too.

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    Re: My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by positivelyal View Post
    Let me be the first to state the obvious - this one needs to be a Sticky in the How To.

    You can pretty much also guarantee it will be one of the most viewed posts on all the G-Shock Forums, too.
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    Very Cool Mod! Looks very, very clean when reassembled, love those mil-shock 5600's!

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    Cool Re: My DW5600 Mil-Shock mod: how-to with lots of pics!

    Thats some nice modd'in there buddy, way to go!!!
    this should at the very least go in the "how-to" section of this forum.
    its nice to see something new on this forum:thanks

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