Replacing the leg on any of the 055 series Manfrotto tripods is very easy. The problem is finding where the damage is.
If the leg is damaged you can remove the whole leg just by loosening the screws on the leg brace like that shown on the left. Or you may need to loosen and remove the tension screws on top of the main casting to remove the leg, as shown on the right.
Once the screw is loosened the leg will pull out of the brace. This may be difficult. DO NOT use a metal hammer to tap on any of the parts. The metal on metal may deform or damage the parts. You can repair the parts of the leg as needed and reinsert into the leg brace. Use enough pressure as required, but to not hammer into place.
If the leg brace is damaged, you will need to take apart the main casting that hold the legs to the tripod. This will vary depending upon which 055 you are repairing. The following shows the old 055 (also called a Bogen 3021) and the newer 055XB.
The old series 055 has three bolts and shoes to lock the legs in place and provide the tension to keep the legs at the proper adjustment angle. Shown at right.
The newer 055x series has several screws that take the main casting apart, as well as, apply tension to the legs. You will have to take all three screws out to remove the leg brace if this is the part that is broken.
The newest MT055 series the leg brace is made onto the upper leg tube, so both will have to be replaced together as one unit. As with most of the newer tripods, you will have to remove the leg
tension screws on the top of the main casting to be able to remove the brace. Be careful, if you have the MT055XPRO series tripod, the PRO feature will also have to be removed and reassembled. It is shown on the left, it is the part that is red. Make sure you carefully remove all the parts and keep them in order as removed. Reassemble in reverse order that you disassembled them.
If you are having problems, or for a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you. Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.
Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles. Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.