Originally Posted by BabyFace
Have you even tried to do this? If you don't put some sort of socket in the feedneck.. this stock feedneck will cave in like a can of soda. Mine did when I was trying this, so i bent it back and put a socket inside. Still didn't work so, the next step was to try a vice..
Yes, I've removed the stock feedneck before. I've been removing feednecks for about 9 years using a scrap wrench and I've never "collapsed" one. Feednecks are designed to be squeezed, that's what the feedneck collar/lever does. If what your describing was a real problem, the feedneck would collapse every time someone tightened their feedneck without a loader in it.
The reason people above suggested a socket was so the 19mm could be tightened down and a socket wrench used to remove the feedneck from the top, not to keep it from collapsing because they were going to put force on the feedneck from the outside...
Keep in mind, I'm using a strap wrench, not a vice or vice grips. I can understand if you collpased the feedneck with a vice or vice grips, but a strap wrench doesn't work exactly the same. It does not need to exert as much pressure on the feedneck as a vice would to get it to turn because the rubber on the strap wrench causes so much friction.