The TP 1280 Front Tap Shoe is a 25 pair shoe designed for use with the Reliable RLS-25 cross connect terminal.

*Please note: due to the obsolescence of Cinch Jones connectors, all our Front Tap Shoes are now manufactured with male bail lock AMP connectors.

See details/descriptions at


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*When ordering your Front Tap Shoes, please specify if you need Female Cinch Jones connectors or male bail lock AMP connectors. See details/descriptions at

Repairing or Replacing pins on the TP1280

Remove the two screws (8-32 x 1 ½ “ panheads) connecting the stay plate and stay block to the top .

Pull E-style 3/8  Retaining Rings from Latch post using a pliers and remove latching mechanism.


Remove 4 screws (8-32 x 7/8 panheads) from top metal plates – Note: these are screwed into hex standoffs within the interior of the part: 

Remove all flathead screws (6-32 x 3/8”) from all side plates: 

Pull out rake-like latches, being mindful of the latch springs (4 total-2 per side):




Remove four flathead screws (4-40 x 7/16”) from base plate (using 2 screwdrivers works best). Be mindful of the springs on the stand offs which the screws are attached to:   Remove base plate and guide plate (may want to take off springs and set aside) then you will have access to remove/replace pins.


If pin is broken and still above the plate, grab with a pliers and pull out.

If pin is broken off flush with the plate, use a small drill bit  #43 (.089) put slight amount of lateral pressure on the drill bit and pull out the broken pin. You can also use a very small e-z out.

Replace new pins (CAI Part # 93-B-024-R1, sharp spearhead pins) by lining up in hole and pushing down until it snaps into place.

See pin repair/replacement video at

WHEN FINISHED FIXING PINS: Replace all pieces of Front Tap Shoe in reverse order. NOTE: Make sure all wires are clear of standoffs before you tighten screws. If wires are caught, they could be cut.