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Old 06-27-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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Picked up on the way home from work. Large pop rivits. Does anyone know what size these rivits are.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:56 AM   #2
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I think I will have to take the bag of rivits with me on a hunt for a bigger rivit gun.

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Not sure of the size, but there was a post on this a few days ago. You can get the rivit gun at harbor freight for like 5 bucks.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #4
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Ok still have not found a rivite gun big enough for these damn rivites for the hood lock. Maybe replace rivites for something else.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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It is most likely 1/4" rivets. That is what size my hood lock was. Harbor freight has a rivet gun kit with different size heads, including 1/4". It was only like $25 I think. I couldn't find 1/4" at sears, home depot or loses.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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I also bought the Harbor Freight Riveter, got the job done...

Heavy Duty 17-1/2" Hand Riveter With Collection Bottle

Also comes with extra rivets. Collection bottle is a nice touch.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:03 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. We have something called Princess Auto up here so I will take the rivets with me and hunt one down.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:57 PM   #8
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I think I will have to take the bag of rivits with me on a hunt for a bigger rivit gun.
I had the same problem. I went to every hardware store in town, even a few contractor supply stores with no luck. I eventually put some washers on both sides of a smaller rivet. It was a little tricky to fish them on there without dropping them but it worked fine.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:12 PM   #9
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Stopped on way home and picked up the biggest pop riveter they had at Princess Auto. $34. Does 1/4" rivets. Ok wife going in on nights. Another project for after supper
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:38 PM   #10
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:40 PM   #11
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:42 PM   #12
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And the last 2 piece of cake
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:44 PM   #13
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Mopar hood lock keyed to ignition key. With hood latches undone you can not get your fingers under hood at all. nice and snug. I will feel alot better now. Piece of mind.
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I originally zip tied mine. It doesnt take much to hold it in place. I never found a rivet gun either. I think you could probably rent them, tool rental etc... I eventually just put in a couple of screws, washers and nuts. But that was real hard as there is no room and you need little hands.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:55 PM   #15
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I originally zip tied mine. It doesnt take much to hold it in place. I never found a rivet gun either. I think you could probably rent them, tool rental etc... I eventually just put in a couple of screws, washers and nuts. But that was real hard as there is no room and you need little hands.
I finally found the rivet gun needed for those 1/4 rivets. Made the job so much better. $34 for the gun with 4 heads and a wrench.
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Just ordered my hood lock this afternoon. Looks like I've got another reason to visit Harbor Freight
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Very close to the one I bought to do those 1/4" rivets. Mine came without the stem holder. None the less worked great.
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I just installed mine last night, it was just as straightforward as everyone says. The only thing that slowed me down was it made me a little nervous how much force it was taking to pop the grill loose. Once I got past that, it went great.
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is this removable later on? My jeep is leased.

if not, what other options do i have for the install?
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is this removable later on? My jeep is leased.

if not, what other options do i have for the install?
I did an alternative option because I didnt have the big rivet gun and I would have had to order it and wait for it to come. I'm impatient so I used some bolts, washers and nuts I had to install. A couple of the holes are a PIA to access and you understand why rivets are used but it is not a totally impossible option. It takes much longer to install but in end same result and its removable which seems to fit your scenario. Oh...I used the Bolt brand hood lock that keys to match the factory key. I'm not sure this can be re-keyed again later though so may wanna look into that if you are planning to remove when you turn in the lease to reuse on another? Good luck.
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I did an alternative option because I didnt have the big rivet gun and I would have had to order it and wait for it to come. I'm impatient so I used some bolts, washers and nuts I had to install. A couple of the holes are a PIA to access and you understand why rivets are used but it is not a totally impossible option. It takes much longer to install but in end same result and its removable which seems to fit your scenario. Oh...I used the Bolt brand hood lock that keys to match the factory key. I'm not sure this can be re-keyed again later though so may wanna look into that if you are planning to remove when you turn in the lease to reuse on another? Good luck.
Awesome thanks for the info, I was actually looking at the bolt lock also since its cheaper and still uses the original jeep key.
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I have the Bolt lock and used bolts and lock washers instead of the rivets and have not have any problems six months after installation
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I have the Bolt lock and used bolts and lock washers instead of the rivets and have not have any problems six months after installation
what size bolts?
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is this removable later on? My jeep is leased.

if not, what other options do i have for the install?
I used the BOLT lock and rivets to install. If you have access to a rivet tool this is a much simpler install than bolts and nuts. To remove you would only have to drill out the rivets - again a very simple procedure.
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Menards had a Rivet Gun with the size needed and even one size larger than needed. Cost $25 and I'll never go to a Harbor Freight again so it was worth it.
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Ended up using a rivet gun. I purchased the cheap one from harbor freight which was like 15 bux with a coupon i found online. Install took about 5 minutes. Super easy.

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