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Fan mounting bands have long thin portions. Simply popping off part by flexing plate can fracture the bands near the thicker portion of part.

Best procedure is to free the band portion first. Do so by sliding a thin (but not super sharp) knife under end of band. Advance blade to within 3 cm but not all the way to the thick part.

Once most of thin band portion is freed, you can safely deplate the parts with usual removal technique

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