Old 03-17-2011, 07:22 PM
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Default Best way of opening your IEMs.

Most IEMs are held together by some kind of glue.

I have always applied brute force and a thin blade whenever it seemed feasible, but lately I crushed my UE super fi 5 when I tried to pry them open.

Since I've set my mind to open my v-moda vibe and jays q-jays cases as well, i would like to ask you guys which method you believe best for opening your IEMs.

current options im looking at:

stick to brute force and blame UE for using cheap plastic cases

hairdryer at point black:
do adhesives dissolve under heat? does it generate enough heat? will it damage the driver inside?


Steaming the earbuds in a steamer you'd normally use to steam food. what about the humidity? will the humidity really help or is it just the heat that does the job?


Dip it in boiling water. What if water gets in?

Chemical WMD:
Maybe I could use chemicals like acetone maybe? But seeing how small some cracks are (like nonexisting with the vibes?) I cant see how the chemical should come in contact with the glue.

thanks for the help




i put my vmoda vibes into boiling water for like 10 minutes, then tried to pull both parts apart using two pliers. I wound up deforming the earcanal a little, but the cases didnt give in at all... also no leverage using my knife... ive seen dfkt using a file to create some space for leverage which im trying to avoid...

will continue trying :P

edit: after a few tries, i wound up with a lot of scratches, but the earbuds wouldnt bulge...

edit: tried the hair dryer. no luck either. I guess heat wont help against the adhesive theyve used

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:36 PM
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I like your list but the only problem is it doesn't have a sledgehammer on it.

Massive force.

And yes I would suggest a thin knife/razor.

What are you opening it up for
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:28 AM
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What are you opening it up for
Maybe he wants to reverse-engineer it?
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:49 AM
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the cable has a defect and i wanted to recable them.

guess i shouldve used a file in the first place

on another note i managed to open the q-jays, although i kinda ruined one earbud.

will post some pics later to show how its done and how it should not be done :P
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:10 AM
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Don't use an hairdryer, it can easily distort plastic.
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:18 AM
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