Glock 17 How to replace G17 recoil spring?

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    OK, I bought a new stock recoil spring for my G17. The old one appears to be stuck on the plastic rod. How do I get it off and the new one on? Just worried about damaging things. TIA.
     
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    The rod and spring come together as a single unit from Glock. I'll bet the one you bought is not 'stock'.....someone other than Glock made it.



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    I have no idea. I bought it from Lone Wolf Distributors , and none of their listings, whether factory, IMSI, or Wolff, say anything about coming with a rod.
     
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    All factory springs come premounted on polymer rods. That is why they are called a recoil assembly. You can pick up a free one at the GSSF match in Richmond in April. Map and details at www.gssfonline.com under hot topics.
     
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    Looks like you just bought the Wolff spring. If you want to use that spring you'll need a guide rod too. Lone Wolf has them at http://www.lonewolfdist.com/cart.asp?addItem=ARO-1209, or the link here .

    If you want to get a stock guide rod (stock spring already attached), the link is http://www.lonewolfdist.com/cart.asp?addItem=LS-5011, or again link here .

    I did the same thing the first time I bought replacement springs, don't feel bad.
     
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    Would it be safe for me to "de-capture" the old spring and put the new one (ISMI 15-lb) on the plastic rod? I have to keep the plastic rod in IDPA's SSP class.
     
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    I would expect it to be possible, but I've never felt the need to try it, it would depend on the inside diameter of the spring vs the outside diameter of the rod.

    I would suggest that you get a new factory spring assembly just in case the other one doesn't work out, and then give it a shot.


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    Are you aking whether you can remove the Glock spring from the polymer Glock rod and then mount your new spring on the polymer Glock rod? If that is what you are asking about, then the answer is: no.

    The only way to remove the Glock spring from the Glock rod is to break (cut in half) the polymer Glock rod. Once broken, you will not be able to put it back together.
     
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    You can remove the spring from the guide rod by pushing a wire (I used a caot hanger) thru the center opening. (The rounded end comes off) Be careful because the spring is under tension. Thenb you can put your new spring on and push the end back in place.

    OR just leave the end off and you'll be able to work on tuning your spring. The only drawback to leaving the end off is that installing the guide rod & Spring is a little trickier. It won't hurt anything.
    Suggestion: After assembly make sure and rack the slife several times to ensure the guide rod & spring are seated properly.
     
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    thats not true. you can pull the end cap off of the stock guide rod. if you do it too many times, you wont be able to put the cap back on...and you will have an UNcaptured guide rod.

    i remove the cap as follows: with the gun still in 1 piece, rack the slide and lock it back. now the end cap should be exposed. grab it with a pair of pliers and pull it off. it should pop back on at least a few times.
     
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    Well, I sit corrected! In all my years of owning and shooting Glocks I have never heard of this procedure for removing the sping from the polymer rod without destroying the rod. Thanks for the new (to me) information.
     
  12. Joe D

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    I do it a little differently. I use a proper sized drill rod to tap the plug out. Capture the spring in a vise.