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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:27 pm 
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So we purchased an eclipse a few weeks ago. The handlebars have always been pretty difficult to get in/out. I did notice that it seemed to get more difficult each time. This most recent time I cannot get them out at all. Anyone else have this happen? Any tips tricks? It is difficult to get leverage and I don't want to stand on the board when it is on the floor. I am assuming something needs to be ground down more on the base of the handlebars to prevent this from happening.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:53 am 
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Try penetrating oil. Likely friction. Does not need to be filed.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:46 pm 
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Thanks. I should specify that I mean I can't remove the handlebars from the board. Just don't want anyone confusion.

I tried the above and still no luck. I wish there was somewhere on the bottom of the board that I could push the handlebars out from.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:02 pm 
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Place on a pad or grass. Stand on it and work the handlebars back and forth while pulling up. The lock lever is open I would hope?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2021 10:28 am 
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I'm starting to have this problem too! I can't stand on the board and pull up (I will fall off when it jerks loose). **Board is too heavy for me to remove fin every time, so I use cart wheels to get in water and then rig/unrig using water as support. As an older woman (with less strength than my younger self), I would like to address this ASAP. Thank you!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:47 am 
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Maybe coat with silicone before assembly. Be sure the receiver is clean. Upwards lift while twisting using the handle bars perhaps.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:19 pm 
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Having the same problem. I have some Liquid Wrench penetrating oil spray...would that work? I also have some liquid film spray and silicone (in a tube, not in spray form). Soap? Wax ? Looking for a solution that I don't have to reapply every time I use the board.


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