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First, check the age of the head. We try to make sure all OConnor head components are replaceable including brake levers, drag knobs, etc. However, when we do update a model, there is a limit on how long we will support components that were unique to the discontinued model. This is especially true of body castings where the size of the sand pattern boxes can be very large and impractical to store for many years. Our commitment is to support all parts of the product for ten years after we stop manufacturing it. Beyond this, we will still support all components that are being used on current models or that are backward compatible with the current model. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee support to unique parts.
Fortunately, OConnor heads are very robust, and there are hundreds of heads out there beyond their support life that are still going strong! There are also specialist vendors that specialize in restoring older heads. Before buying a pre-owned head, make sure you look for something that is before its end of support life. Beyond this date, the second-hand value starts to decline rapidly since parts becme unavailable, and so if you do buy an OConnor fluid head beyond this date, make sure you negotiate a better price!
All current OConnor models, e.g. 2575D, are supported for as long they are manufactured and then a minimum of 10 years beyond their discontinuation date.
Below you will find a list of discontinued OConnor head models and their out of support date: