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Old 06-07-2007, 05:41 PM   #1
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The rivets just above the basement compartments have all popped loose on both sides, anyone want to guess as to why? also how long are the oem aluminum rivets I know they are 3/16 dia. but I only have the heads that have popped out from under the side molding rubber trim stuff.

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The rivets just above the basement compartments have all popped loose on both sides, anyone want to guess as to why? also how long are the oem aluminum rivets I know they are 3/16 dia. but I only have the heads that have popped out from under the side molding rubber trim stuff.

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Old 06-09-2007, 01:47 PM   #3
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You can simply measure the depth of the hole, i.e. how much thickness to the backside. That's what they call the "grip length" of a rivet and that spec will be given on the rivet box for each size. The overall length of the rivet will be about 1/4" more than the grip length.

If you can't see the backside to tell how deep it is, take a piece of wire and bend a short "L" in one end. Slip it in the hole until it reaches the back side, then hook the "L" over the back and mark the wire at the front surface, e.g. a piece of tape or some paint. Then slide the wire back out and measure from the L to the mark and that's the required grip length.
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Thanks RV Roamer

found out the grip range is 30-35 mm

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Hi Craig, mine did the same thing. I bought the longest rivets that Lowes had, and they worked fine. Mine popped on the driver's side near the rear. The fix was simple and took only a small amount of time. I bought a clear caulk called Lexar ( or something like that) to reseal rubber strip covering rivets. Their website made me beleive that was the better choice over silicone. I bought it at an Ace hardware. I repainted that strip with the spray paint made for plastic. Looks 100% better than before. Dover White was the best color choice in my case. Best wishes,Harvey
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">grip range is 30-35 mm </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yikes - that's 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches deep. Seems awful big to me and you will probably have to go to a fastener shop like Fastenal to find pop rivets that big!
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