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Old 01-22-2003, 10:57 AM   #1
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Bellypan Rivet Question

I dropped a portion of my bellypan for a frame repair and now want to do the button-up.Here's the problem-the seams are covered with heavy guage alum.straps about 1' wide and then rivetted with large pop-rivits that have a head approx.3/4 'in width and a shaft size like an Olympic.I am lead to believe this is a previous owner upgrade.Is this correct?The system is great and I just want to restore what I took out -problem is I can't find a source of the large fasteners.
Anyone know where??

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Old 01-22-2003, 04:00 PM   #2
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i got some from jackson center , your local AS dealer should be able to supply LOL

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Old 01-22-2003, 04:06 PM   #3
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Olympic rivets are 5/32, at Home depot you can buy 3/16 medium or large aluminum pop rivets which would be 1/32 bigger than olympics. They don't have a 3/4" head, but they are very strong rivets and they "take" real well.
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Old 01-22-2003, 05:33 PM   #4
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Olympic rivets are a waste of money if you are going to use them on the bellyskin. You can find 3/16' standard rivets at any good fastener supply which are also available with a larger head about the size of a dime, which is good if you have places where the skin has pulled loose from a good rivet.

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Old 01-22-2003, 05:40 PM   #5
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how about just useing good heavy duty rivets as chas suggested, and some fender washers?

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Old 01-22-2003, 05:57 PM   #6
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Where does one find those dime-sized headed rivets? Specialty store?

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Old 01-22-2003, 06:27 PM   #7
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Look in your yellow pages under fasteners, bolts, screws. You will be surprised to see how many different styles of rivets are available. I am still looking for one that carries the olympic rivets though, most of them don't even know what they are.

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Olympic rivets or Fastenal (if there is one local to you) will have them or get them next day.


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