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Author Topic: 16.5" FDE Left Handed Tavor Conversion  (Read 4522 times)
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« on: May 18, 2013, 04:44:06 PM »

Yesterday I pick up 2x LH bolts from Sgt_P.  Luckily Sgt_P live close enough to meet up.  Saved me on shipping.  Jon.. Thanks again.


So last night I decide to sit down and install the LH bolt.  It only took me 1.5 hrs and I am in no way a gun smith.  I am pretty sure, others on the board could do it in half the time.  I was happy I got the rifle back together and working.  With not extra parts left over.  I hate when that happens.  Also, the LH bolts come with a barrel wrench.  It was life saver, I don't know how others are able to turn the barrel bolt without it.  Even with the wrench it took some torque.


The conversion wasn't too bad, but I pretty much has to disasembly the entire Tavor to do.  Only thing I didn't touch was the trigger and trigger pack.
I was actually planning on just changing out the bolt and trying to run the Tavor with the charging handle on the left side.  To see if it would work for me.  Not sure if it was mistake on my part, but the charging handle keep jamming up the bolt carrier to the point where it required force to get it out.  After switching over the charging handle the issue went away.  Looks like to me the LH conversion requires the charging handle switched too.  Has any one been able to just change the bolt out??


Here are the tools I used for the job.


1) Good set of Allen wrenhes

2) Good set of Roll pin punches (I have had cheap ones bend or break on me)

- Recommend the ones from Grace USA

3) Hammer (used a brass one)

4) Barrel wrench

5) Good lube for the bolt and carrier


The manual was very detail and great resource.  Also, this site was huge help and made the job easier then flipping between pages.  

http://www.ltwerner.com/tavor.ltwerner/howtoprocedures.phtml?id=10  


I am not going to go thru step by step the conversion process since the manual and site above do such a good job.  I am just going show some pics and discuss some issues/concerns I discovers.


Here is the a pic of new LH bolt all packed up. Always nice to have extra




Here is pic of the LH and RH bolt




Here are pics of completed LH Tavor:





Here is pic of deflector plate switched over.  Quick note, the plate is actually in 2 parts.  It needs to be lifted and slid off.  Don't try to force it off.





Here is pic of the bolt carrier.  One issue I see is, now the bolt carrer pin is exposed, just paranoid it might pop out.  Probably won't happen.


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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 05:06:31 PM »

You can run the charging handle left side or right side regardless of which bolt you have. I had mine charging in the left hand configuration with a right hand bolt until I recently received the left hand bolt. Sounds like you forgot to switch the general pin to the other side.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2013, 06:22:40 PM »

Do you an interest in selling the right handed bolt and one of the wrenches? If not I will just get one Monday from IWI US. On Monday
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2013, 09:44:14 PM »

So the general pin controls which side the charging handle goes on.  I changed the general pin like the manual said.  Thanks for the info.

You can run the charging handle left side or right side regardless of which bolt you have. I had mine charging in the left hand configuration with a right hand bolt until I recently received the left hand bolt. Sounds like you forgot to switch the general pin to the other side.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2013, 09:44:57 PM »

Thanks for the offer, but was planning on keeping the RH bolt.

Do you an interest in selling the right handed bolt and one of the wrenches? If not I will just get one Monday from IWI US. On Monday
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2013, 11:09:20 PM »

Good job Odin01!!

A couple of notes.  I'm slowing getting through the pre-orders on BullpupArmory.com.  I'll send each person an email as I'm preparing to ship the LH bolts (or the 5.56 mags).

The 9mm kits are still a few weeks out...

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Also, BullpupArmory.com will be carrying Right Handed Bolts in the near future.  And barrel wrenches, and fore-grip rails, etc, etc...

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2013, 10:36:04 AM »

Good job Odin01!!

A couple of notes.  I'm slowing getting through the pre-orders on BullpupArmory.com.  I'll send each person an email as I'm preparing to ship the LH bolts (or the 5.56 mags).

The 9mm kits are still a few weeks out...

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Also, BullpupArmory.com will be carrying Right Handed Bolts in the near future.  And barrel wrenches, and fore-grip rails, etc, etc...


Thanks for the update Jon!
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2013, 11:09:50 AM »

Sgt_P.. Thanks again.  Looking forward to the 9mm kits.

Good job Odin01!!

A couple of notes.  I'm slowing getting through the pre-orders on BullpupArmory.com.  I'll send each person an email as I'm preparing to ship the LH bolts (or the 5.56 mags).

The 9mm kits are still a few weeks out...

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Also, BullpupArmory.com will be carrying Right Handed Bolts in the near future.  And barrel wrenches, and fore-grip rails, etc, etc...


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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2013, 12:38:56 AM »

Odin01, thou thanks for the post! I frequently referred to it, and to the link you supplied, while converting my Tavor to left-hand operation. The conversion took me about an hour, but I took time to clean the rifle while I had it apart, so it took longer. I think I could convert it back very quickly, now that I know how everything fits together.

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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2013, 12:19:52 PM »

Glad this thread helped.  I know that web site was huge help to me too.

I didn't clean the entire rifle during the conversion, but I did take the time to clean and lube the bolt and carrier.


Odin01, thou thanks for the post! I frequently referred to it, and to the link you supplied, while converting my Tavor to left-hand operation. The conversion took me about an hour, but I took time to clean the rifle while I had it apart, so it took longer. I think I could convert it back very quickly, now that I know how everything fits together.


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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2015, 12:16:13 AM »

Hi.  On the iwi.us website is says the following in their FAQ section

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2. What do I need to do to convert my TAVOR SAR to the opposite hand configuration.

To have your TAVOR SAR converted from right hand to left, or left hand to right, you will need to return your rifle to IWI US, purchase an opposite hand bolt from IWI US, and IWI US will perform the conversion free of charge. Your TAVOR will be returned to you after the conversion with your original bolt packed with the rifle. Both bolts will be properly head-spaced for your barrels.

With the understanding that the Tavor comes with one of the best, most in depth, product manuals of any gun.... or any product for that matter, other than not being able to read and follow directions, is there any reason to not just do the conversion yourself?
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2015, 01:20:00 AM »

Looks terrific.  I just sent Sgt_P a message about doing this.

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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2015, 08:58:26 AM »

Hi.  On the iwi.us website is says the following in their FAQ section

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2. What do I need to do to convert my TAVOR SAR to the opposite hand configuration.

To have your TAVOR SAR converted from right hand to left, or left hand to right, you will need to return your rifle to IWI US, purchase an opposite hand bolt from IWI US, and IWI US will perform the conversion free of charge. Your TAVOR will be returned to you after the conversion with your original bolt packed with the rifle. Both bolts will be properly head-spaced for your barrels.

With the understanding that the Tavor comes with one of the best, most in depth, product manuals of any gun.... or any product for that matter, other than not being able to read and follow directions, is there any reason to not just do the conversion yourself?

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