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Old 06-23-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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Interior Rivet Replacement Process?

We just returned from 3 weeks in the Northwest in our 2013 International 19. We encountered some really rough truck lanes in Northern California and lost 4 rivets inside along one row on the curb side.

What is the process for replacing interior rivets?

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Old 06-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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It should still be under warrantee, have a dealer do it.

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Old 06-23-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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If you wish to just fix this yourself you need 1/8" button head pop rivets, available at any big box hardware store. you should be able to get them in silver, white, and possibly a few other colors or you can paint them to match. the critical thing is to be sure they are all aluminum. Body and mandrel both need to be aluminum. drill out the old rivet from the rib and rerivet with an inexpensive pop rivet gun and you are done.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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I have nothing more to add on the rivet replacement approach unless you have an additional question. However, something to consider is that on multi-lane highways the outside lane of traffic is always rougher than the inside lane(s) due to traffic volume and the fact that the where the pavement transitions to the shoulder erodes away first because it is not supported/surrounded by paved road itself, but is flanked by the gravel portion of the road bed as it transitions to the shoulder and then to the underlying soil where there is much more ground heaving, etc.

So the bottom line is if your tow vehicle and trailer are really getting beaten up, consider try driving on the inside lane(s) if traffic conditions and laws permit. Technically, here in Kansas, I could never legally do this because there is a state law that is posted on the roadside that states something to the effect DRIVE IN THE RIGHT LANE EXCEPT TO PASS OTHER VEHICLES. Now, if I needed to do otherwise for a few miles, I would drive in the inside lane as much as possible until I was out of the rough area. Also, sometimes changing your speed up or down will improve the ride.

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