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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2006, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Installing Dzus fasteners

Hello, everyone.
I post this thread to help those of you that might have been in a similar situation as me. I'll try to keep this as short & to the point as I can.

I bought some track skins for the track. I had to paint them. By the time I finished painting, I had 2 days til track day. I was worn out from the heat of the days painting so I decided to fore-go the installation of the Dzus fasteners & use the stock fasteners that came with the bike, along with zip ties:



After the track day, I read the instructions that came with the fasteners. They didn't apply to what I had recieved. I recieved a different set of fasteners than was described in the instructions. Here is one of the papers:



After thinking about what they were trying to tell me, I decided to figure it out for my self. #1 you need a rivot gun. I've never used one before this application...........headed to home depot. They had 2 types. One was simple without a pivoting head for about $18. I opted for the swivel head for $2 more. Here it is along with the pieces for 1 fastener:



OK.......here's how I did it.

1st........line up the the "wire" so that it is centered for the hole you drilled (I put the upper & lower piece together & held it while I drilled the first hole through both pieces).



Next, I marked a spot on the right side with an exacto knife to give me a start point to drill:



Make sure you use the proper size drill bit for the rivot. It needs to be the same size as the large shank on the rivot:



Once I drilled the hole, I incerted the rivot & placed the washer & "wire" in place. I used the rivot gun to START the crimp to hold the assembly still:



After that, I used the wire as a guide for the next hole to drill. Once I drilled the hole, I inserted the 2nd rivot & crimped it completley, then went back to the first rivot & finished crimping it:



After I was done, I attached the 2 pieces together & was amazed at how tight these fasteners actually are.



I recomend them for anyone with race skins. I hope this will help you if you decide to frequent the track.

Chap
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Nice how to guide!

I hate those. I do use Dzus on my track skins but always get the clamp style. (the kind that the back part slips over the edge of the body panel) Sometimes you have to use the style you have but its rare.

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Nice how to guide!

I hate those. I do use Dzus on my track skins but always get the clamp style. (the kind that the back part slips over the edge of the body panel) Sometimes you have to use the style you have but its rare.

Funny, the guy I talked to on the phone told me that the type you're speaking of was old & obsolete. Boy did I fall for his sales pitch

When these skins wear out or I decide to just go with some new ones, I'll go with Sharkskins & the fasteners that I want, like the type you have. (gggrrrr) lol
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very thorough, detailed post. well done.
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Nice bike also!
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ey thanks you guys ( & gal )

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Funny, the guy I talked to on the phone told me that the type you're speaking of was old & obsolete. Boy did I fall for his sales pitch

When these skins wear out or I decide to just go with some new ones, I'll go with Sharkskins & the fasteners that I want, like the type you have. (gggrrrr) lol
Funny! I thought they where newer. Way simpler for install also.

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Yeah, the clamp style is easier to install, but heh....that one still works fine!
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Just a reminder. Hotbodies suck!
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I'll tell you what.....I've crash tested a few brands and Hotbodies lasted the longest. It's really thin which is why people think that it sucks but that makes it very flexable during a crash. I've had friends destroy some of the top name body work (i.e., shark skins, gp composite, and air tech) with simple low sides because the glass is so thick and it just snaps. Often people think the thickness makes it better and stronger (wrong) you want flexability......a stiff bodywork will never beat out the pavement. Overall I think they are not bad for the price especially for someone on a budget. My
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I like those d-ring fasteners better than the flat heads. it's easier to remove and looks better.

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Very nice!



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Just a reminder. Hotbodies suck!
But good for your first set, I think.......just sitting on the seat cracks it I'll letcha know how long they last for me.

So far so good, Kid
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