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Re-Case TK-290

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stevez97

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Anyone have experience re-casing a TK-290? Tried e-bay for a re-case kit, but so-far, no luck. Is the installation pretty straight forward, or would I need neurosurgical-grade skills to get the job done? <grin>

Thanks to all for providing a wonderful source of hobby information here!
 

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You need some sort of tool or forceps to get the retaining nuts off the volume pot and rotary switch, otherwise it is idiot proof.
 

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Thanks once again, Cowboy! I have some pretty fine long nose pliers, so those might just be the ticket. Hopefully it will go well and I won't have the dunce cap (idiot cap?) on after the ordeal. <grin>

Any suggestions on where to get the re-case kit? I presume any Kenwood dealer can order this?
 

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The 90 series portables are still very much supported. The easy route is an el cheapo tech special on ebay. Stepping up from there, you can hunt around ebay (think the radio guys or whomever the shop out of San Jose is) or one of the parts houses like PacParts. From there you can check around with different shops and Kenwood dealers for either a nice case (used) or a new case. I would say you are going to cost yourself about $30 max. You can also get a replacement PTT assembly, keypads (rubber mats with the "keys" on them), and knobs for a nominal fee.
 
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