yes thats right, its FINALLY done, took a lot longer and a little more problem solving than i had intended but i finally got a drop forward on my etek!
only issue now is it wont fit in the case......
the good news is this does not inhibit you from ever going back to the T mount if you wish
how to do it!
1) hack saw or jewelers saw (or something to cut aluminum fairly precisely
2) bastard file
4) 10-32 UNC tap
5) drill press preferred but i think this can still be done with a standard drill
6) center punch
7) pilot hole drill bit
8) SAE and metric (mm) ruler
9) fine tip sharpie
10) exacto blade
I know all PE measurements are in SAE but i just found this was a lot easier to measure in metric
1) you will need some 2mm thick aluminum, no idea what gauge that is
2) measurements are 12mm wide (EXACTLY 12mm wide) by about 45mm long, that one is not so crucial
cut it out as close as you can get it, then with the bastard file secured in the vise run the long edge of each side along it to trim it down bit by bit test fitting it frequently, dont forget to get the burs off inbetween test fits as they may make it seem like it does not fit but in reality the burs are just stopping it from sliding into the T mount
once it is down to the right width find the center line with a marker and ruler, then create your drill points exactly 3/4" apart on center
center punch and drill the holes, tap them with the 10-32 UNC tap
****next section can only be done on etek AM models or other PE aluminum frame models, will not (that i know of) work on the composite grip frames!****
here is where it gets a little tricky, if you are unsure if this next part is for you, you may POSSIBLY be able to get away with just doing the last steps as you have a plate with the correct thread and you will just have to custom order a few screws as standard length screws are too long, I however got to that part and decided that the 2mm of metal was not enough to hold my tank on with so....
with the plate in place on the marker, find the center of the 2 holes on the inside of the T-mount, mark, and center punch
BE AWARE of where you are placing the mount plate and where the screws will go into the frame, you do not want them going into your board or to hit the grip screws
take the grip frame off, the board and battery out
drill the frame where you center punched but DO NOT TAP YET
you must insert your plate BEFORE tapping so the threads on the plate match up with the threads you are putting into the frame and that way the screws will go in smoothly.
tap the frame with the plate in place
it may be necessary to cut a little bit of the board mount rubber away as i had to to make enough room for the screws, it is also easier to insert the screws once the board is in place rather than trying to slide the board in place after the screws are in (i did that backwards....)
if anyone would like this done send a PM to me i may be willing to do some commission work but it will not be until fall quarter when i can use the tools again.