Once in a while you should replace your chicken loop (CL)...I had it twice breaking on my during filming the AIRSTYLE DVD
Below a screenshot from a breaking chicken loop and what happens then...luckily I had deep water below me, which is not always the case...
Those chicken loops do break, so you need to replace them from time to time.
Since I just wanted to replace one on a used North Bar (2012) from me, I encountered a problem, and decided to post the problem and its fix here. Nothing major, but hopefully saves some time and hassle for someone else.
In order to detach the chicken loop from the iron heart, you have to push out a metal pin.
The replacement kit comes with a black plastic tool to push it out. Due to the forces on my CL my pin is a bit bent...so the tool does not work at all to push it out.
Use the metal pin that comes with the replacement kit, to hammer the old one out.
Quiet tricky to hammer since the iron heart keeps getting out of position...place your foot on it...worked for me.
In this picture you see the problem...might not be with all replacement CL, but I have 10 here, and all have the same problem: the distance between the hole and thick plastic (which stops the chicken dick from pushing further down) is too short. See on the picture below, that the original CL (above) has more distance than the replacement (below).
This leads to the problem, that when you want to attach the chicken dick, the loop does not get all the way into the iron heart, so you can push the pin thru the hole.
But the solution is simple, and shouldn't have any impact on the function or security.
Just cut of some of the plastic on the chicken dick as shown below. Works well with any sharp knife.
Then you can easily insert the loop back into the iron heart and push the pin thru. Now the bar is ready again to take its load!
this happens when the CL breaks...