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Old 19 November 2008, 14:38   #1
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Need some advice please

After a few times ribbing with my new rib found out i have a small problem.
On somewhat rougher water two closing devices tent to open up on themselfs.
I think a pic says more then my rusty english...

I think I'll need to put something in the open ring, where you could also do a little lock.
But I don't want it to start making irritating noices from virbrations.
So was thinking of putting in some sort of rubber hose.
But would like to make it look nice to, so not only functional, need both....

Anyone any ideas??
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Old 19 November 2008, 14:43   #2
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Those type of latch need to be fitted just right. Not to loose and not too tight. Not much you can do now with out re fitting them. Maybe a thin piece of rubber that will fit snug in the hole with a cord connected so it doesn't go AWOL.
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Old 19 November 2008, 14:45   #3
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Be careful what you use, some metals or shite stainless will cause your nice shiny bits to rust.

Is it a seat or something, the weight of someone landing on it can compress it enough to pop open. Try packing it out a bit with some sticky back foam?
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Perhaps a seal under the lid will give the latch some load to tension up against?
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You could also try slackening off the screws and see if you can micro adjust it to put a tad bit more tension on it. I like Seariders idea though.
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Searider, with a seal under the lit, you meen like a few mm thick sticky fome or something.
So there is more tension on the thing (how do you call it..) when you close it.
That should keep it from popping open?
Might indeed do it...

They are used for closing and opening my console, to be able fold the console for whatever reason you might have to open it up.
I was also thinking of removing these two latches (is that what they are called?), and just put two sollid connectors there.
But then if I need to get in the console, I will need to screw the sollid ones out, and I'm not sure that it's a good idea to screw in an out of the polyester...
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how about a plastic R clip or a stainless one with a piece of rubber tube over it to stop it rattling?
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Not as good looking as stainless but http://www.daconv.com/hood%20rubber%20latch%20L.jpg
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If you don't need access that often then two little pad locks wouldn't look out of place and shouldn't make that much noise. I've never noticed the noise from banging, above the noise of the wind and engine.
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...They are used for closing and opening my console, to be able fold the console for whatever reason you might have to open it up.
Since it's your console, whatever you use will need to be stronger than rubber clamps.
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I was also thinking of removing these two latches (is that what they are called?), and just put two sollid connectors there.
Thats a good idea but I would ensure the replacements will allow for some adjustment because, over time, there will be some give in the fixings and some fretting of the console mating surfaces.
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But then if I need to get in the console, I will need to screw the sollid ones out, and I'm not sure that it's a good idea to screw in an out of the polyester...
I agree but you could have upper and lower attachments bolted to the console and vertical bolting through them to give the clamping effect.

In the meantime, it might be worth putting a slight bend into the vertical loop section of your clamps. This will have the effect of shortening them and it will also provide a small degree of spring. It might be just enough to be satisfactory without any other modification.
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