Installation/removal can be accomplished using the tools shown below. Use the Socket Only configuration for general/light torque use (tool > hand), shown here as options 1A + 2A + 3A and the Vice configuration when heavy torque is needed (tool > tool), shown as 1B + 2B + 3B. It’s helpful to read through and familiarize yourself with all the steps, then return to the beginning to do each step. Important notes are in red.
Step 1A – Socket Method
The Socket method requires our Socket kit and a 3/8 inch socket wrench (not supplied) or similar tool.
1/4 to 3/8 or 1/2 to 3/8 adaptors may also be used, but require special care.
Step 2A – Socket Method
Begin by installing the included bumper onto your wrench, about half an inch from the end. Then add the tool to the wrench, stopping as the tool reaches the bumper. The goal is for the tool to be well seated on the wrench, but not so far that the wrench pushes through the OR label. You want to keep the wrench from pressing directly against your lens/window.
Step 3A – Socket Method
When ready, secure your bezel with one hand and with your other hand, place the label side of the bezel tool into the top of the bezel. Ensure that the teeth of the bezel tool are correctly engaged with the notches in the bezel ring. Configure your wrench for correct direction and loosen or tighten bezel ring as needed.
Step 1B – Vice Method
The Vice method requires our Vice kit and any standard bench or table vice (not supplied) or similar tool.
Begin by inserting the included bumper onto the included vice adaptor, about half an inch from one end. Then insert the bezel tool on top of the bumper, on the vice adaptor, stopping as it reaches the bumper. The goal is for the bezel tool to be well seated on the vice adaptor, but not so far that the adaptor pushes through the OR label. You want to keep the vice adaptor from pressing directly against your lens/window.
Step 2B – Vice Method
Next, decide how you want to place the kit into your vice. It works fine flat across but is easier to align when placed into diagonal notches (if your vice is so equipped). Tighten the vice jaws enough to hold the kit, then double check the arrangement. You want the bumper sitting on top of the vise jaws and the tool sitting on the bumper. You want enough of the vice adaptor inside the bezel tool, but not so that it’s pressing the OR label against your lens/window. Fully insert the kit, tighten the vice jaws, and you’re ready to go.
Step 3B – Vice Method
When ready, place the top of your bezel down onto the label side of the bezel tool. Use only your hands when possible. When hand strength is not enough, extra tools are required. Start by laying (think: blanket) the included 4mil plastic bag over the hex portion of your bezel. Then place an adjustable/crescent wrench (10″ or larger – not included) over the bag and engage 2 of the hex sides. This can be done before putting the bezel on the bezel removal tool.
With the wrench on the bezel and the bezel on the tool and the tool in the vice, you can apply more than enough torque to loosen the most stubborn of bezel rings (without heat) AND install new bezel rings with enough torque that adhesives are seldom needed. But be careful not to apply more torque than is needed (especially while tightening). When you feel it stop, you’ve gone far enough!
Once you have control of the bezel ring, its simply a matter of arranging the correct bezel ring, lens, and O ring in the correct sequence. When installing a factory bezel ring and a factory or custom lens, use the thinner/flat factory O ring. When installing a custom bezel ring and a factory or custom lens, a thicker, properly fitting O ring is recommend for a good seal. All Oveready bezel rings ship with a custom/thick O ring, suited for this purpose.
In all cases, place the O ring in first, onto the lens shelf, then the lens, then the bezel ring. As with all threaded connections, make sure the threads joining the bezel ring to the bezel are aligned before applying torque. With both the Socket and Vice setups, you should be able to get the bezel ring most of the way on before feeling it ‘get tight’. If it resists at the beginning or anywhere along the way, back up and try again.
Take your time finishing up. Inspect the head of the bezel and continue until you are comfortable that everything is seated correctly and securely. Equipped with your own tool, you can now take apart and put back together as many bezels, as many times as you like.
- Our bezel tool is well suited for most 6 notched bezel rings, including custom crenelated rings.
It is not compatible with 5 notched bezel rings, including the factory crenelated rings found on the 6PD.