Originally Posted by spider
Did you try putting them in hot ( boiling) water? They should roll on. Don't loose a finger nail
On your rear frame - I have opinions on those. I ran NRS version for a long time and I got really tired of crawling over or kneeling on the bars. I made (actually had a buzzard make me) two bent "L's" conforming roughly to my rear tube diameter, then fabed with low pro's and hand rail fittings a sub frame that carries a hard ply wood rear floor. I hang an anchor mount off the back and run the rope along the top of the tubes. Having been in dozens of fishing rigs, it's the cleanest and most stable set up I've been in and it's way nicer to ingress/egress.
Here is a pic of the first permutation minus the plywood (I've since altered it slightly and replaced a few lopro's with hand rail fittings.)
I have more pics and possible improvements if you're interested. I also added a vertical brace this year but have yet to really try that out so I have no opinions of it yet.
Here's mine with the lean bar (still needing some thigh hooks) next to an NRS for comparison.
Which would you rather crawl in?