Heavy/Scratch: Classics PROWL Shoulder mod

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by Budokhan, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Budokhan

    Budokhan Wheeljack's apprentice

    Jan 14, 2010
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    Okay gang, for those who feel adventurous, here's a mini-tutorial on how i did Prowl's shoulders.

    Classics PROWL shoulder mod

    For those of you like me who can't stand how Prowl's arms stick out way too far, here's a mod to make that little problem go away! Please tho, bear in mind that this mod is for those who are planning to repaint Prowl in some way or cover the shoulders with reprolabels as it will leave a small hole in the front of each shoulder which will later need to be filled & covered over.

    So, onto it then!

    Tools you'll need:

    1-Small hammer
    2- Small jeweler's file
    3- Pin vise & steel pin
    4- Pencil
    5- Pin removal device
    6- 3/32 drill bit & bit handle
    7- Dremel ( not pictured )


    Step 1 - pop arms off shoulder peg ( this'll take a tiny bit of elbow gease )

    Step 2 - Find the tiny flat square area I've outlined on the front of ea. shoulder. This is the area where you'll need to bore the access hole for the pin that holds the whole spiel together!

    Step 3 - Finding the center of the square, take the 3/32 drill bit & drill a hole slowly, carefully & straight thru. You'll know when you've hit the pin when you cant go any further.

    Step 4 - This is what the pin access hole should look like when finished!


    Step 5 - Next, Using the pin vise w/ steel pin, Hammer & whatever you use to help remove pins against, Gently remove the pin from ea. shoulder by inserting the pin vise with steel pin into the hole you've just created, letting the steel pin come to rest on the inside end of the retainer pin. Take your hammer & using succesive, medium force blows, hammer the retainer pin out thru to the back of the shoulder & thru the wheel. It should look like this when its all popped apart. I reccomend using something like a rubber pad to rest the outside of the wheel against so that the wheel rim itself doesnt get damaged.

    Steps 6 & 6a - Next, pop off the small, white plastic cylindrical retainer off the back of ea. shoulder joint as indicated by the pink arrow( you'll need to do this in order to get at the important bits! ) 6a- This is what the back of the shoulder joint should look like without the retainer .


    Step 7 - Next, slide the main swivel section off the roll bar it's on ( it's gonna be tight at first so give it a bit of force & don't worry, the bar its on it is pretty sturdy! )

    Step 8 - After you've removed the swivel, you'll need a combination of the file, dremel & sandpaper to remove the material highlited in pink on both the main swivel & the inside of the shoulder just below the main swivel peg.

    Steps 9 & 9a. - 9 shows the outline of where the material used to be & 9a illustrates where you'll need to make a line to remove the material up to on the main swivel where it connects onto the shoulder peg. You'll need to shave off material on an angle to literally JUST below the hole where the peg hole is located.

    Step 10- Illustrates the main swivel & shoulder AFTER they've been modified


    Now that you've got this stuff done to both shoulders, simply put the parts back together again & VOILA! Prowls arms dont look so dorky any more!!


    Hope this helps your Prowl look a bit better!



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  2. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

    Aug 9, 2010
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  3. raptordriver

    raptordriver Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2011
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    That's pretty good, but you can save yourself some drilling by just heating up the pin with a soldering iron and pulling it out. Then you don't have to fill the hole in the front of his shoulder. Nice step by step instructions though.
  4. BScorpinok75

    BScorpinok75 Squadron X #1 Consultant

    Oct 1, 2008
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    In the darkness...