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Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby LightJunk » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:09 am

Hi Guys :wave:

You can find the info in CPF but have not seen the pictorial version. So here it goes. Upgrade is pretty easy and straight forward. A Leatherman 3/32 allen bit will be usefull. You can use any allen key too.

And don't forget the McClicky switch..duh.

1. E1e with the McClicky.

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2. Z52 Tailcap which is a twisty.

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3. Z52 with the McClicky.

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4. Use your hand or plier to remove the spring. I used my hand so I won't damage the spring.

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5. Insert a 3/32 allen key into the allen screw.

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6. Press the rubber boot using your finger tightly while undoing the allen screw. What I did was pressing the rubber boot/switch against a table while undoing the allen screw. It can be really tight.
BTW you won't scratch the tail cap as it's above the rubber boot.

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7. Once the allen screw is removed together with the cup, you will see a rubber retainer which hold the rubber boot and a rounded metal piece which keeps the shape of the rubber boot. I used a plier to hold the 2 notches and turn the tail cap to unscrew.

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8. Z52 completely disassembled.

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9. These parts you keep in case you will need the McClicky for other project. The process of installation is completely reversible.

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10. Get the McClicky and rubber boot ready. Press the rubber boot into the tail cap using your finger. Make sure it sits properly.

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11. Tighten the McClicky finger tight only. No need to use additional force such as plier. You will spoil it if you were to remove it.

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12. Done completely secured in the tail cap. Now you can have a clicky tail cap.

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Hope this simple tutorial will help you in upgrading your twisty tail cap.

Happy upgrading.

Cheers,
LJ :)
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby ganymede » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:26 am

LJ,

Thanks for the pictorial... Very informative indeed!
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby LightJunk » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:36 am

Thanks ganymede. Now all my twisty E1es upgraded to clicky.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby ganymede » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:01 am

How to upgrade C2 to twisty without butchering the switch? No Hex screw there...
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby LightJunk » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:45 am

That's a totally different tail cap Z41 twisty.

This should help - http://www.oveready.com/images/uploads/mcclicky.html
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby pseudoblue » Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:15 pm

Thanks for the detailed steps LJ, useful indeed :thumbup:
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby ganymede » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:42 am

LightJunk wrote:That's a totally different tail cap Z41 twisty.

This should help - http://www.oveready.com/images/uploads/mcclicky.html


That's the BUTCHERING method I am talking about! :sweat:
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby Gusti Parang » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:44 am

GM, it doesn't look like there's a non-butchering method if you don't have an older tail-cap with hex screw or a specialised removal tool for the newer tail-caps. You need to choose between putting a hole in the rubber boot or leaving scars on the aluminium disk inside.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby ganymede » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:51 am

Gusti Parang wrote:GM, it doesn't look like there's a non-butchering method if you don't have an older tail-cap with hex screw or a specialised removal tool for the newer tail-caps. You need to choose between putting a hole in the rubber boot or leaving scars on the aluminium disk inside.


So sad.... :huhu:
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby LightJunk » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:55 am

Yup GM, GP is right. There's no other way. Maybe you can standby a few rubber tail cap boots from KD or DX.

Sorry I misunderstood your earlier post. I was a bit blur. Or am I always blur....hmmm.

My next project will be a clicky L1.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby Gusti Parang » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:07 am

LightJunk wrote:... My next project will be a clicky L1.

Nooo... Y U destroy magnificent UI of L1? :huhu: Hehe, what do you have in mind for that L1, I guess you will be taking out the resistors and making it a single-stage tail-cap, then?

And GM, you might be able to pull out the innards of the switch without leaving marks on the aluminium disk by cutting up a tire inner tube and mounting them on the jaws of a pair of needle-nosed pliers before using it. Just an idea, I've never tried it before myself!
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby LightJunk » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:16 am

GP, I got fed up of twisting. At work, twisting takes a bit off my time. I need a clicky desperately. The L1 is the best light for my hand. E1s' are small. And since I've modded the latest one to a Neutral tint, I'm loving it.

I will experiment on the Firekylin LX1 tail cap first then see how it goes.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby Pekka » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:04 pm

I don't get it. First people say the threadlocked Surefire parts are impossible to take apart and I unscrew them easily. Now I see people saying taking apart Z41 is impossible, yet I've pulled the cup away repeatedly without any markings on the aluminum part. :thinking:

It's not even difficult to do; just don't go by hand, but use tools that apply the force for you. Maybe I should consider offering Nordic Modding Services. :mrgreen:

As far as the on-topic goes, I'd call it sidegrade, but I suppose for each of their own. :P
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby RtOaNn » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:20 am

Since we're on tailcaps, does anyone know how to reassemble the spring for a Z41 tailcap?

I've been wrestling with it for a good 15mins and I still can't fix it back. :sweat:

Any tips?
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby LightJunk » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:38 am

Patience and small fingers will help. If you're willing to damage the cup and tail cap use a plier.

I've never done it but from experience putting any spring back to it's original location can be a PITA.

Let me know if you succeed. Good luck.


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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby Gusti Parang » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:13 am

RtOaNn wrote:Since we're on tailcaps, does anyone know how to reassemble the spring for a Z41 tailcap?

I've been wrestling with it for a good 15mins and I still can't fix it back. :sweat:

Any tips?

No surefire tips (pun intended), but I've found this method to work for me: using a pair of needle-nose pliers, grasp the first or first two coils of the spring (one jaw grasps from inside the spring and the other jaw from the outside of the spring) and then attempt to rotate them back into the aluminium cup in the clockwise direction (or whichever direction that "tightens" the spring, i.e., cause it to reduce in diameter) while maintaining slight downward pressure. This usually works for me after a few tries. All you need to do is get the lowermost coil of the spring to "catch", then you can put aside the pliers and just use your fingers or something similar to press the spring into place.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby Pekka » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:56 pm

with pliers, grasp, twist, jam and press
What's up with this plier fetish? :hairpull:
All you need to do is to press the spring towards the cup, and then gently push the coil from inside of it with a blunt object to inside of the cup starting from the tip of the coil. Work around the spring while maintaining a steady pressure to keep it from coming out until you've pushed it inside enough to stay there. Then continue to push the coil until it's seated against the bottom.

Tools needed: 2 or more fingers to hold the tailcap and 2 or more fingers to hold a cut cocktail stick or similar blunt but narrow object.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby RtOaNn » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:23 am

Thanks guys!

I actually managed to push it in once but while turning it to make it tighter, it somehow sprung out again. Really a PITA!

Gotta give Pekka's plier-less method a try.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby Pekka » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:20 am

I'm not sure whether I managed to make it sound harder than it is with that explanation of mine, but it's not difficult once you get the technique down. It's not a muscle contest; you just need to start by the tip of the coil and keep working it down until it bottoms out, else it'll jump right out like you just experienced.
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Re: Surefire E1e Tail cap (Z52) McClicky Upgrade

Postby RtOaNn » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:37 pm

I really give up! :bowdown:

Think I'll just order a McClicky and replace the whole damn switch...
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