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Satchler cf speed lock 3 stage

Stop on lower section has come out of C/f tube, how do i remove & repair

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Re: Satchler cf speed lock 3 stage

Stop is probably a rubber "O" ring that fits into a recess around the leg. the leg will have to be taken apart upward towards the spreader plate.

Posted on Dec 31, 2007

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