Reversing the Rear Feet On a Klipsch RF-7 II
This past week, I posted a short novella in this thread about my recent acquisition of a pair of new RF-7 IIs at a wonderfully discounted price... and about how one of the speakers' rear-foot-assemblies was missing. The replacement assembly that Klipsch sent out to me arrived yesterday... and because I intend to put these feet on the speakers in "reversed" position -- so that the rear feet do not stick out to the sides -- I thought I'd post my own rendition of a photo-illustrated "How-To", in case anyone else might want (or need) to try this.
The reason I'm calling this "my own rendition", is because it's a rip-off re-write of a post by Reference_head, that he has in the Klipcsh.com Forum's RF-7II Owners Thread. That post still exists, of course, but Fastslappy's recent notice in this thread that all photos in that forum will soon disappear -- coupled with the fact that I'm about to do this to my own RF-7 IIs -- caused me to decide to totally plagiarize Ref_head's post, completely without his permission
So here ya go...
Like Ref, I personally really like the rather elegant looks of the copper-colored feet. I happen to prefer the look of the speakers' grills being in place... but if you were going to leave the grills off, the feet match those beautiful copper drivers' color quite well.
The problem is that the rear-mounted feet really protrude, and can quickly get in the way... with potentially rather disastrous results. They're also extremely heavy and strong, and very solid, once they’re attached... so if the speakers happen to sit in a spot where there’s any traffic at all, those feet are definitely
going to get tripped over.Not good.
In fact, the first time I ever saw a photo of the various Reference II speakers that have this style of rear feet, that's exactly what came to mind... and I’ve always thought that if I ever owned a pair of them, the first thing I'd do would be to order another pair of front feet for each speaker, as replacements. As it turns out, though -- and as Ref thankfully demonstrated in his post -- that isn't necessary. All that's needed to be done, is to turn the mounting plate over, and reverse its position.
You also need to pick up some 5mm x 40mm machine screws, though (two for each speaker), because the stock 5mm x 30mm ones aren't long enough to use for fastening the foot, in its reversed position. My local hardware store didn't have any Phillips-drive flat-head 5x40s, but the head on the stainless steel Allen-head ones that I got is shallow enough that it sits sufficiently below the contact-surface of the foot's rubber pad, so the screw-head would still never contact a hardwood floor. Thanks to very thickly padded carpeting, this is not an actual concern in my case... though it could be for others.
But... because the central holes in the feet are threaded (in order to accept the spikes that Klipsch supplies), and because those threaded holes are (unfortunately) not exactly the same diameter or threading as the machine-screws used to mount the plate and the foot to the speaker, as they pass through the foot and on into the speaker's mounting hole... the 5mmx40mm screws are not a rock-solid fit -- though it's quite close.
Consequently, the Allen-headed screws don’t *unequivocally* attach the foot to the plate. Micro-nitpicking, perhaps... but true. A flat-headed screw, on the other hand, would automatically center the foot on the plate as it’s tightened, and would thereby hold the foot invariantly in place.
Because of that... I thought that perhaps, in the future, I might want to replace these Allen-headed ones with flat-heads... so I did an online search for some. Turns out that while the stock, 30mm version of these screws is readily available... stainless steel Phillips-drive flat-head M5-40mm machine screws are almost impossible to find. So just for good measure, I ordered eight of them, from here:
Comparison shots of the two:
Here's the foot assembly, as it comes in the box with the speaker.
First, remove the foot from the mounting plate. These screws are Torx-head, by the way... not Allen-head.
Here it is, with its foot removed. You will not be using these Torx screws again... but I'd definitely keep them stored with the speakers' boxes.
If, like me, you're doing this to a brand-new speaker, you then need to remove both mounting-plate screws from the bottom of the speaker.
You'll use one stock 30mm screw to fasten the plate to the speaker, and a 40mm to attach the foot.... like so:
Align the mounting plate like below, and use one of the stock Phillips-head machine screws on the “inside” hole, to attach the plate to the speaker. The plate’s outside hole will be used to attach the foot, via the other plate-mounting hole in the speaker.
Pass one of the new 5mm x 40mm screws through the foot's central hole, through the open hole in the mounting plate, and then screw it into the speaker. That's it.
As Reference_head pointed out in his original post, the only potential drawback to this setup, is that you will no longer be able to put spikes on the rear feet. Seems like a small price to pay for preventing someone from breaking a toe (or worse)... or knocking over your precious RF-7 II.
My thanks and indebtedness to Reference_head for his ingenuity in coming up with this simple procedure in the first place... and (hopefully) for his kind indulgence with my blatant theft of his intellectual property. Edited by B 26354 - 9/28/13 at 4:46pm