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My aileron hinges were getting a little loose so I started installing the Teflon lined hinge pins as noted in the CP for my VariEze.  I got the materials from McMaster.  I struggled with the method described in the CP of slitting the tube, rolling it, and pushing it through.  

I came up with a different method.  You still need to use at least 2x length of the tubing.  I put one end in the vice, and then heated that half of the tubing with a lighter while stretching it.  It thinned out and retained the rigidity when it cooled.  It slipped right through the hinge and then I pulled the stainless pin plus the unheated section through.  It worked well for me.

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That's a great find.  Did you end up slitting it at all, then?  Or were you able to pull it through without slitting it?

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I did not slit it.  I just heated and stretched it to a smaller diameter for the leader portion.

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