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Here's what I recommend. On the bottom trees, take out the bolts and put a bit of metal in the slots and run the bolt in from the back side to spread the tube holes open. Don't wedge screw drivers in there, that will wreck the paint and it's not necessary. The stock bolt might be too long so you'll have to get another one. A PO simply twisted my tubes down and out and left deep barber-pole gouges in the chrome, and I mean deep. The holes are full of paint globs that will gouge the chrome. Clean out the holes and the tubes will go in and out with impunity, no struggle.

Okay once you have the holes opened with the bolt through the backside, push the tubes down and out using a socket at the top. Tap the socket with a bit of wood. Use penetrating oil on the tube holes in the trees.

Just be careful and you can save your chrome. Just don't do what my PO did.
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