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
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.