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Old 09-27-2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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Soft Top Restraint Strap Came Undone :(

Anyone else had a problem like this?

Know of an easy fix?

It looks pretty self explanatory, but I figured it wouldn't hurt asking here first.

Pictures below explain what i'm talking about.




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Old 09-27-2010, 08:58 AM   #2
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Get the rivets out and put in some screws. Or new rivets if you have the tool... I'd put new smaller holes in the fabric to keep them from pulling off the heads.

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Get the rivets out and put in some screws. Or new rivets if you have the tool... I'd put new smaller holes in the fabric to keep them from pulling off the heads.
and add a washer to the screw to give it more surface to grab, might help it last..then you could use the same holes.
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I'd get a flat steel bracket the width of the strap and rivet through the bracket, then strap, then into the tubing. The bracket will act as a sort of clamp that way.
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I'd get a flat steel bracket the width of the strap and rivet through the bracket, then strap, then into the tubing. The bracket will act as a sort of clamp that way.
I have no idea how to get the rivets back in. That sounds like a solid idea, but I think I would have better luck with the screw and washer idea.

Should be interesting.
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I have no idea how to get the rivets back in. That sounds like a solid idea, but I think I would have better luck with the screw and washer idea.

Should be interesting.
The existing ones have to be drilled out. New ones can be put in with a pop rivet tool. Around $20 at most hardware stores, and they usually come with some pop rivets, but I'd grab a package with very large flanges on em just to be sure.

Screws or bolts work too, but rivets are something you'll definitely use again if you own a Jeep
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Mine did the same thing. I found some self-tapping screws and some washers, drilled out the rivets and screwed it back together. Thanks for reminding me, I have another one to do.....
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Well that's not bad then... I'll have to make a trip to the hardware store and see what my options are then.
Starting to look real ugly having that black strap just hanging down...

Gotta keep it looking pretty.
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Try using washers with a rubber face on one side...they are availabel from most good hardware stores..the rubber helps to keep the nylon webbing in place without relying on the just the screws.
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Well I was a little late on seeing your post about the rubber washers, but I went a head and got some over sized washers to use with some quarter inch screws i already had at the house that fit perfectly in the rivet holes.

Popped off the rivets and used the existing holes in the strap and screwed those puppies back in.

It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but I have a feeling that strap isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Also, I did look into the rivet solution. Not bad, but I figured I could fix it for $0.39 by just getting the washers vs the $30 some odd it would take for rivets.

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^^dem some big washers .....but that'll work!
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went a head and got some over sized washers


Go big or go home right??
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Go big or go home right??
...you know it! Might as well do the other side to...'eh?
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Yeah I had dinner waiting for me last night so I didn't have time to do the other side, might do that tonight or if i'm lazy, I'll just wait for the other side to just pop off like this side did.

But seeing as how they don't match and I have mild case of OCD, i will probably have to do it tonight...


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