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    OK I hope someone who has done this job suggests some easier way to do it.
    Octopus stuffed so I managed to get one from Big and little Mick. So far so good, but
    the installing of the new one is a nightmare particularly the 4 and 5 mm plastic tubes that
    enter the octopus from the rear. No way can I hold them in my bruised little hand and since
    it is a push fit some force is needed. I imagine the sequence is: do the rear tubes first, then the
    suspension and height corrector, next the 4 and 5 mm tubes from across the cross member and
    finally pull the long rubber tubes to the reservoir.
    Somewhere I read that the job should take 4 or 4 hours - pure fantasy requiring a magic wand.
    Once again advice from someone who has done the job would be appreciated.
    Thank you in advance,
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    The only way I could do it was to use some really long needle nosed pliers and not be too afraid to give the nylon lines quite a big squeeze. Even when I wet the outside of the pipe and the hole in the octo with LHM, I could not get them in that far, certainly not up to the collar that is a little way up the tube. Seems to have worked OK since them for me.

    That was a few years ago on my BX TZi. Frog has just done his BX 16 Valve in the last week so he might have some more and fresher good ideas.

    Cheers,

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    Frog's thread had very good instructions
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    I always remove R/H driveshaft and rear engine mount - gives more room to grab things and push! Long needle nose pliers are brilliant for this job.

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    My sympathy. This is a job I paid to have done, perhaps ten years ago. Yes, about 4 hours labour, but he'd done a few...
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    See the last page of the thread in my signature. Looooong needle nose pliers are your friend!

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    Fortunately I had the engine out for a rebuild, so took the opportunity to do it.

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    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions fellow enthusiasts. I'm finally at the end of the misery - did take out the driveshaft etc. the final bit was turning the steering hard to the right. That gave a bit more space to push the two nylon(?) tubes home.
    As Dr. Phil says "What were they thinking??", I refer to the crazy frogs who designed(?) this part of an otherwise elegant machine. Even though the French tart is 24 years old, it looks good and performs faultlessly apart from bleeding green blood now and again.
    Thanks once more to all.
    Rimzit.

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    Good work! Not a fun job at the best of times, and worse when on the ground.

    I did the octopus on my track car a few months back, and then it almost immediately sprung a leak in the distribution hose - which runs from the front height corrector, up next to the octopus by the cambelt, and also goes from the reservoir to the FDV and under the motor to the power steering. Check the condition of the rubber t-joint at your FDV for (some) peace of mind! It is a lot easier than the octopus to replace.

    25yo rubber isn't getting any less perished I guess.

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    Glad to hear your still sane
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