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Old 09-10-2008, 02:51 AM   #1
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rivet broke on step

I had the rivet break on the second step of the three step (ok lack of a better word) step.It was in a strap that held the step to the top step i was walking out the door and pop the thing broke and damn near spilled my beer i just put a bolt in it for now. So i guess what i want to know is should this be a hardened bolt or should a regular bolt be ok in it But i cant tighten it because then i cant fold up the step so is there a better fastener to use than a bolt. Oh yeah beer was fine it was a little shook up but i managed to drink anyway lol . So i guess it be a good idea to check those rivets on the steps for cracks and wear

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Old 09-10-2008, 04:09 AM   #2
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You may be able to use a slotted spring pin then cut the access off. If you are not sure what a slotted spring pin is, it is a round elongated pin with slot or split down the length of the pin, the pin is then forced into the appropriate size hole. The slot allows the spring pin to compress as it is forced into the hole and will not move. Just an Idea.

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Old 09-10-2008, 06:18 AM   #3
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what about a pan head bolt. or have it welded. should be easy with a mig. what about just putting iin a new rivit?
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:13 AM   #4
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A #8 bolt, a washer and an anti-vibration nut, not quite tightened down?
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:21 AM   #5
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Those pins are shoulder pins that are riveted in place. Sounds like the pin wasn't riveted very good and pulled out. I'd opt for having the dealer replace the steps if it's still under warranty. If you want to repair it yourself, then put the pin back in and weld it to the step frame on the outside then grind it flush enough to fold up easily.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:07 AM   #6
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If its under warrenty I'd try to get a new beer too!
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:50 PM   #7
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WOW you scared me for a minute,
thought for sure the beer was doomed to a life of spilage on the groundage

good thing you werent hurt.
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I'm a fan of stainless for anything that is outside or exposed to the elements. Just use an appropriate sized stainless bolt and nylock nut on it.

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