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jim henderson
03-18-2014, 09:21 PM
Should I fix, replace or remove them? :blink:

rdgrimes
03-19-2014, 05:07 AM
Sometimes you can pull them out with a small wire or hook. If they come out you'll have to deal with the o-ring which could come out in pieces. Its near impossible to re-bend them to the original shape, but not hard to give them a decent shape that looks OK.

BMWCCA
03-19-2014, 11:16 PM
Remove the o-ring first, with a pick of some kind. It is likely to come out in pieces. The only replacement available from JBL is the black o-ring from the 035ti/044ti tweeter which fits exactly.

Then the screen should simply pull out with only slight resistance due to the attraction of the magnet to the screen. Use a find hook or a bent paper-clip. You then can easily straighten the screen. I lay them down on a resilient surface like a thick towel and work the dents out from the back side using a spoon to work the screen. Just keep working until you have it looking correct then reinstall it and refit the o-ring.

I also believe the only replacement screen available is the black one from the 035ti/044ti. If you find some material the correct diameter and color as the original o-ring, it's not necessary for it to be a continuous ring as long as it fits easily and correctly. I always wondered if there wasn't a common screen spline available that would work but never found anything at my local hardware stores.

rdgrimes
03-20-2014, 04:48 AM
^^^
Standard hardware store o-rings can be used, I've forgotten the correct diameter but its easy to suss out.

bill8888
03-20-2014, 07:39 AM
Here's some trivia regarding the 044: The 044 was created because there was a reliability problem with the relatively new 033. Speaker systems using the 033 were always tested at the end of the assembly line in a mini test booth just moments before the speaker is put in the shipping carton. But the bump and shock of shipping the speaker to the dealer would often produce a dead 033. The 044 is designed to be more durable, and cosmetically more expensive. The original design had a backplate with spring push terminals like the 066. There was suppose to be a real nice foilcal on the back with the typical punched serial number, and the housing was black powder coated with the bright brushed front. These features were eliminated to save cost. The original design had no screen...that was added at the last minute per the marketing dept's request.

BMWCCA
03-20-2014, 06:35 PM
^^^
Standard hardware store o-rings can be used, I've forgotten the correct diameter but its easy to suss out.

Well, that's fine if you don't care about color. But then if black would do for you on the silver 044 you may as well buy the original JBL part number 62664 (retainer) used for the 052ti and 035ti/a which cost 36 the last time I bought them. The original "screen gasket" for the 044 is part number 60752 which has not been available for some time.