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Having issues removing pins from my 6 pin connector

post #1 of 6
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Hello everyone

I'm not usually one to create threads on seemingly small issues but this one is bothering me.

I am undertaking a full custom sleeving job on my pc. I have all the tools needed for the job including my tools from coolerguys which includes the pin extractors I'm using. Now, before I decided to do my own sleeving job I watched all of the sleeving videos by lutroo customs.

This brings me to my first issue. The pins will not budge after I insert the tool into the end of the connector. I'm using the tweezer looking tool on the end of the male 6 pin connector as a reference. The tool is seated correctly on either side of the actual pin within the connector so there's no issue there.

I did manage to get a few pins out while slicing up my thumb and index finger in the process. However, the few pins I was able to get out appear damaged. It appears that one little tab on the pin head is completely fine while the other side is bent inwards and can't be rebent in the opposite direction to secure itself back into the connector.

I guess my question is why is this process so difficult and am I doing something wrong? Like I mentioned before I watched plenty of videos so I know what I need to do but apprently it's a lot harder than it looks.

Are there any tricks to this or are these pins/connectors known for being a complete pain in the arse?

Sorry for the lengthy post but I figure the more details the better.

Thanks in advance for any direction!
post #2 of 6
Hey KWM

First of all, cool that you want to sleeve your whole PSU by yourself smile.gif!

Secondly, it's not uncommon that these PCI-e pins don't come out easily.
Normally they should, but some people just seem to have problems with them. This can be caused by alot of factors.
You might know how to do it, but that doesn't mean you can do it right from the start.
  • Try to wiggle the extractor from right to left when you insert it. This will give the lips on the inside an extra push and might just do the trick.
  • You can also try to push the cable up, towards the extractor (further in, so tospeak). It might be possible that one of your lips is stuck a little bit in the plastic connector, which makes it unable to push them inside when they're not pushed upwards.
  • It might be caused by your PSU itself, maybe your manufacturer uses harder pins.

It can be caused by anything.
You should first troubleshoot your PSU, see if many other guys have the same problem as you.
If they have, problem solved. You have a hard-to-sleeve PSU.
If they don't, try the above tips wink.gif
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post #3 of 6
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Thanks for the quick response!^

I guess I should clarify that I have a Corsair ax760 fully modular psu so I don't have the pleasure of pulling apart my psu housing. Another note I think I should add is that after many unsuccessful attempts and with my fingers sore from the cuts I so happily recieved, I tried removing the pins with a pair of plyers.

I was able to get some wires out but not without some damaged tabs like I mentioned before. Some of the wires also ripped out without the pin head. Luckily I was doing all this on a practice wire set so no big deal.

If I still have no luck I might have to end up buying my own pins and wires because I have a feeling I won't be able to extract all of the pins on my 24 pin atx successfully at this rate.

Anyone have a tool set they want to recommend?
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Originally Posted by kwm5067 View Post

Thanks for the quick response!^

I guess I should clarify that I have a Corsair ax760 fully modular psu so I don't have the pleasure of pulling apart my psu housing. Another note I think I should add is that after many unsuccessful attempts and with my fingers sore from the cuts I so happily recieved, I tried removing the pins with a pair of plyers.

I was able to get some wires out but not without some damaged tabs like I mentioned before. Some of the wires also ripped out without the pin head. Luckily I was doing all this on a practice wire set so no big deal.

If I still have no luck I might have to end up buying my own pins and wires because I have a feeling I won't be able to extract all of the pins on my 24 pin atx successfully at this rate.

Anyone have a tool set they want to recommend?

I'll give you a good tool. Give me your email adress and I'll send you my extracting guide - How to extract pins with household items.
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post #5 of 6
The tool you're using isn't very good as the prongs are too thin to depress the tangs on the pin enough. Some people have had success bending the prongs on the tool slightly. I'd try and find the photo and give you links to a decent tool but it looks like you're covered by Liradon's offer.
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by Liradon View Post

I'll give you a good tool. Give me your email adress and I'll send you my extracting guide - How to extract pins with household items.

Thanks! I will pm you my email address.

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Originally Posted by Big Elf View Post

The tool you're using isn't very good as the prongs are too thin to depress the tangs on the pin enough. Some people have had success bending the prongs on the tool slightly. I'd try and find the photo and give you links to a decent tool but it looks like you're covered by Liradon's offer.

That is exactly what I thought as I was using this extractor. They do seem really thin and from what was happening it makes sense that they are too thin. I'll see what Liradon has for me and report back.
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