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Old 05-17-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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I have one and had one on my last wrx, but several times I have had the plastic handle break. I know that I can order a new assembly from Japan parts but that take awhile and is nto cheap. I fear that eventually that will be a no longer available part.

Anybody else had the problem?

thinking I might have it 3-d modeled and printed or machine.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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something to think about I spose....where did it break? I'd hate to have to rig mine up for a while if it happened
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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the first one broke right where the bottom pin goes to the pivot it started to crack so I safety wired it and ordered a new one. The second one broke where the internal spring sticks in place.
just cheap ABS plastic
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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I suppose if you can disassemble the main portion of the handle you could make a mold with silicone and keep making castings as you need them.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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Well I have found a guy who is 3D modeling it so I am gonna have one 3D printed. I have the parts from two spares that have already failed.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:06 PM   #6
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I also have this problem along the pivot point. I've thought about retrofitting a metal sheath around the pin and structurally reinforcing the sheath with some kind of super duper crazy clue in a mold and making it all black. Sounds high end huh lol

I would be down for buying a quality replacement part.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:37 PM   #7
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Well I am glad I am not the only one!

right now I am checking on 3d printing and also checking on having one CNC milled out of Aluminum
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:15 PM   #8
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Oh ****. If you get one CNC milled I am so down.

Anyone else else have issues with these seven screws staying snug?

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Old 05-17-2012, 11:05 PM   #9
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after how long did you guys have issues with it breaking??
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:08 PM   #10
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Three/four years
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:03 AM   #11
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each one took about 2 years, maybe less?

it is just cheap ABS plastic. I am just worried about subaru stopping making them.

just have to wonder how much a CNCed one would run.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:04 AM   #12
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I just saw that Shapeways can print in Stainless

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Old 05-18-2012, 09:38 AM   #13
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Maybe it's time to get some numbers together for a group buy.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:46 AM   #14
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I would also love for a CNC one.. I had one break on me already.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:01 AM   #15
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Well I am still modeling one so we will see where it goes with that one.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:06 AM   #16
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So we can either use an online company like Shapeways or someone can go local.

First are foremost, for anyone who's done this before - in a group buy scenario would we be responsible for providing the 3D CAD design for the piece to be replicated, or can we simply send in a part for replication?
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:29 AM   #17
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Well I am still working on the 3D design.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #18
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Thank God one of us is a genius :P
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:50 PM   #19
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I have the first prototype ordered in plastic on the way, will see how it fits
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Let us know how it works - mine really needs replacing!
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #21
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maybe you could make a mold and then make it out of CF/fiberglass/kevlar?
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:20 PM   #22
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That would look cool, but I really wonder if it'd be strong enough..
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:54 AM   #23
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Default Prototype arrived

Yesterday afternoon the first shapeways 3D printed prototype arrived.

it looks good and the dimensions are right. Gonna install it tonight.
Here are the pics, the factory handle has super glue on it when it was put back together. the color is very matte black so contrast is bad







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I like how the new handle is significantly thicker in areas where the stock latch is prone to cracking. Can't wait to see updates on functionality!

If this works well and/or we're able to get someone to CNC this out of metal, I am so down
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I like how the new handle is significantly thicker in areas where the stock latch is prone to cracking. Can't wait to see updates on functionality!

If this works well and/or we're able to get someone to CNC this out of metal, I am so down
working on that last part right now, hope to have some good news soon.
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