I ordered a replacement mast from ebay. Got it a couple days ago and tried to install it. Did it with a friend since I didn't want anything to go wrong.
Needless to say... when he was working the pliers on the chrome part he made a scratch right next to it. Attached are pics of the damage.:cries: I hope this can be fixed by a simple wax job.
If you look closely on the first pic, you can also see where the pliers sunk into the plastic piece.. :(
Now that I've given up using his help, I just need to make sure of something- how easily is that chrome piece suppose to loosen? (and it is the c