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Old 03-30-2019, 10:04 PM   #1
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Screws for window rock guards.

Has anyone had trouble with re-tightening the screws that hold down the window rock guards after cleaning? I was able to get mine to hold, but instead of a 1/4 turn it felt like I had to turn it much more than that to get it tight. I'm not sure how these screws work so I was wondering if that was normal.

I've read in other forums that buying the longer screws can help make it easier to reinstall them. Does anyone have a link where I can buy the longer ones?

Thank you!
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Old 03-31-2019, 03:34 AM   #2
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What were you doing removing the screws in the first place? That's not how you remove the rock guards to clean them.
If you are talking about the pair of latching screws to release them, if you turned them more than a quarter turn, you destroyed the latch, and it will have to be replaced.
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Old 03-31-2019, 05:26 AM   #3
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The first time I washed my windows, the flimsy little connections on the window guards stripped and I couldn't reattach them. Here is how I permanently fixed the window guard connections.

I basically copied the through-bolt method from the stainless steel rock guards. First I drilled out the rivets holding the rubber grommet connectors on the Airstream. Then I went to the hardware store and bought stainless steel screws, washers, and locking nuts that fit through the stripped out hole on the rubber grommet connector. One lock nut went against the washer on the rubber grommet. Then I re-riveted the grommet back on the Airstream and put the second locking nut onto the bolt after closing the window rock guard.

Now I can easily clean my windows and know they are securely attached afterwards. I highly recommend doing this improvement. These pictures are worth a thousand words.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...4&d=1503173972
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:06 AM   #4
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What were you doing removing the screws in the first place? That's not how you remove the rock guards to clean them.
If you are talking about the pair of latching screws to release them, if you turned them more than a quarter turn, you destroyed the latch, and it will have to be replaced.
Yes i'm talking about the latching screws. If I destroyed the latch would they still be able to tighten down? Right now they feel pretty secure, but I felt like it was more effort than it should have been to get them tight.
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Has anyone had trouble with re-tightening the screws that hold down the window rock guards after cleaning? I was able to get mine to hold, but instead of a 1/4 turn it felt like I had to turn it much more than that to get it tight. I'm not sure how these screws work so I was wondering if that was normal.

I've read in other forums that buying the longer screws can help make it easier to reinstall them. Does anyone have a link where I can buy the longer ones?

Thank you!
Some people (including dealers) shave off some of the rubber post so that you don't have to push as much to latch the stone guard.
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Old 03-31-2019, 03:42 PM   #6
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yes

i HATE that BAD design

we and all dealers have issues

no one can get then to lock on our as 22fb

all we do now is close the side window and use the centre window from having the side windows open
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:03 PM   #7
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I ordered several spares from Airstream. AS sent the entire assembly, not just the "screw". They shipped them at no charge.

They are a big pain to get to work. You really have to pay attention when you mate the "screw" with the bracket. 1/4 turn only or they break.

If you break one on a trip, you can temporarily wire them.
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I ordered several spares from Airstream. AS sent the entire assembly, not just the "screw". They shipped them at no charge.

They are a big pain to get to work. You really have to pay attention when you mate the "screw" with the bracket. 1/4 turn only or they break.

If you break one on a trip, you can temporarily wire them.
I'd like to have spares on the road as well. How did you order them and have them shipped at no charge?
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I Had trouble with my '96 so they haven't changed the design much. I doubt you have destroyed the screw. I did the same thing and once I figured out how they work the quarter turn was just fine. Have traveled 3000 miles with no issues.
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I highly recommend doing this improvement. These pictures are worth a thousand words.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...4&d=1503173972
Hoo yah excellent picture story.
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They are called Dzus fasteners made by Southco. I ordered some a few years back direct from Southco. There are a lot of styles. southco.com
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I'd like to have spares on the road as well. How did you order them and have them shipped at no charge?
AS Warranty folks are pretty good about sending replacment parts that fail under warranty...if you call the factory. That's assuming you have a newer model...I have had them send me a few different parts over the past 4 years...free.
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