BTP Hoods Installation

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desperado95219
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by desperado95219

I have a new pair of BTP hoods and am having a problem getting them installed over the SR levers.....actually the thumb lever. I remember having this problem about 4 or 5 years ago, but can't remeber how I solved it. I don't want to tear them. I tried a little soap inside and that didn't work. Thinking about trying to heat them up with a hairdryer. Any suggestions would be appreciated?

drainyoo
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by drainyoo

I remember reading on here that soapy water helps with installing.

BTW, where did you find them? I've been looking to purchase a set and can't find them anywhere.

desperado95219
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by desperado95219

Unfotunately, I got the last set that one of the WW members had. I tried the soapy water this time and although they slip over the top, I can't stretch the rubber over the thumb lever...even with prying.

desperado95219
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by desperado95219

Problem Solved. I heated up the hoods in the oven at a low temperature and that made the hoods more flexible, but still could not get them on....and then I discovered that the slits on the side and bottom of the Campy hoods was longer than on the BTP hoods. I used a small hole punch at each end (very clean holes) and voila!

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carbon2329
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by carbon2329

Glad it's solved!

I'm so jealous you got a set of those. :cry: :thumbup:

drainyoo
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by drainyoo

Thanks for the info. Now I just need to find me a set.

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EpicRide
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by EpicRide

Or you can make your own:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=102208

My experience with the original BTP-hoods is that they are not exactly the most impressive handywork...
~ Men of steel need fibre ~

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