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    Pop Rivet gun for 250x

    All,
    After getting too close to exposed steel on the "properly" maintained docks and ripping apart my ski here in NY.. I finally got around to ordering the rear plastic corner for my U250x and associated hardware/plastic caps.. One question.. I've never seen rivets this long before.... Can i go to home-boy depot or lowes and buy a rivet gun? or does it need to be a special one?.


    I would include a diagram of what i'm talking about. I think i saw something on the Riva site about copying reproducing blah blah
    so i didn't.

    Thanks.


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    A standard pop rivet gun should work, but if they're stainless pop-rivets, expect to put a lot of effort into it. You probably don't want a Chinese puller...

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    This should take care of it. Take some measurements and get the correct rivets online.
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    Thanks Guys....
    I went with the OEM rivets from Kawi(thru Riva)... I dont know if they're Stainless or not... i'm thinking that they might be. I hope that the Dewalt rivet tool I got from HD isn't cheap Chinese stuff- like the crap you get from Harbor fright. This is what i picked up.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-6-...R77C/204285381

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    replaced the front bumper on my stx with factory rivets. My arrow rivet gun from Lowe's. Problem is, the depth of the hole in the bumper to the head of rivet. The head of the gun needs to be long and thin enough to go in the hole of trim to reach the head or it'll leave the rivet loose. I found some small nuts to fit in the bumper hole, over the rivet to make up the space so that it'll tighten the rivets. Then you'll fish the nuts out with a pick or magnet if not stainless. Worked fine once I did that

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    Hey,
    Thanks for the information... To tell you the truth i never thought of that... I hope i dont have to deal with that sort of nonsense- but if i do i have your wisdom behind me to get me through this!.. I'm sure i have some nuts floating around that will fit over the rivet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giguchan View Post
    Hey,
    Thanks for the information... To tell you the truth i never thought of that... I hope i dont have to deal with that sort of nonsense- but if i do i have your wisdom behind me to get me through this!.. I'm sure i have some nuts floating around that will fit over the rivet.
    Glad to help.

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    I just did this, replaced the entire side rail on a damaged ski, and you know if I ever do it again, Im going to get some stainless steel bolts and nylok nuts to replace the rivets. Far easier to do it that way.
    And if i need to remove it, no drilling any rivets out.

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