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Old 06-17-2012, 10:27 PM   #26
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I've had my vent for two years and no problem with the handle, yet. I ordered an extra handle when I ordered the transmission undercover from Japan Parts so that the 'extra cost' for shipping was relatively minor. Otherwise the part itself is not that expensive, but the shipping is.

I too would be interested in a handle machined from aluminum or other durable, but lightweight metal.

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Smurftastic, I may have a solution for the loose trim screws.

I installed my vent-kit w/o a headliner in place. To make sure the trim did not rattle around or to make sure the plastic screws did not rattle around, I used nylon washers that I sourced from my local hardware store. I used them to simulate the missing headliner.

At first I used only one washer per screw and I used washers that were effectively the same thickness of the headliner. It worked, but there was still some slop that caused the screws to move/rattle around. So I installed a second set of washers.

What you could possibly do is to get a set of nylon washers that are about 1/16" thick and if you can, place them on the inside of the metal frame for the vent over each trim mounting hole. You would have to use some kind of adhesive to keep them in place.

What happens is you have the screw go through the trim, then through the headliner, then through the metal frame, and then the washer on the other side of the metal frame. The washer is thick enough to take up the slack at the tip of the screw where it expands outwards to hold it in place.

Take one of the screws with you to find a nylon washer with an ID that is extremely close to the screw. The OD of the washer may have to be sized or trimmed because the metal frame is stamped and shaped for ridgidity and so it may not simply drop into place. You'll have to square-off two sides of the washer if you know what I mean to have it fit.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:01 PM   #27
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I would buy an aluminum handle for mine. It's fine now, but in the future, in the AZ heat, I might not be so lucky.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #28
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so how did fitment go with the 3D printed version?
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #29
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I have not taken any pictures, but it has been performing jsut fine for almost a week now. Trying to break it and treat ti roughly and it seems to be fine.

geometry wise it seems jsut fine, the open and closing is fine, maybe alittle tighter than the original
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:00 PM   #30
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I happen to be a cnc operator at my brothers fabrication shop, but we are extremely busy right now. When we get some down time at the shop I can model this and cut some..assuming no one has a solution to getting these made in the mean time
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #31
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I am tingling with excitement
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:07 PM   #32
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I have a 3D model...so it shoudl be exportable to a solid works file.
so far so good withthe 3D print
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:29 PM   #33
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I will buy one when you are done just let me know.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:41 PM   #34
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I have a 3D model...so it shoudl be exportable to a solid works file.
so far so good withthe 3D print
tried an I have no dimensions to work with. Can you get the file in IGES? Otherwise I'll have to get one of you guys to send me the latch and go from there.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:25 AM   #35
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hmm, weird, I had heard that the model lost dimensions when imported.
i will check
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:52 PM   #36
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Whomever ends up CnCing a metal version, PM me, I gots tha monies
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:02 PM   #37
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Whomever ends up CnCing a metal version, PM me, I gots tha monies
Ditto.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:03 AM   #38
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hmm, weird, I had heard that the model lost dimensions when imported.
i will check
you ever get install pics of the printed version?
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:36 AM   #39
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I ended up with two different models, and I have been too lazy/busy to get pics.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:41 AM   #40
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Ill buy one, I sure as heck am not paying japanparts $100 for just the handle/latch assembly!
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:35 PM   #41
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I am going to ask the local Cars and Coffee crowd if anyone is familiar with a localish company that can do CnC metalwork based on solid works files. I would be more than happy to help facilitate the production of this metal latch.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #42
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Got the latches from SportyMark today, hope to have something drawn up over the July 4th weekend. Can you post a 3D-pdf on photobucket? If so I'll post that up when I get something drawn.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #43
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I have two businesses in Virginia that may be able to do this for us. Once the 3D file is complete, I can get more aggressive about it.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:33 PM   #44
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Thought you guys may get a kick out of the Subaru recycle bin mentality when it comes to small parts. The two above pictures are of the latch SportyMark sent to me sitting on top of the latch of my 1988 Subaru Justy DL (my daily). The latches and small dog-bone are identical right down to the cracks at the pivot points.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:25 PM   #45
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Yeah I knew they were old Justy parts as I had found pics of AL ones people had made in the past..
Did not knwo you had a justy
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:24 PM   #46
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I found a part number for the Justy latch: 794061080 it looks to be about $5 from the dealer. That's dirt cheep, no need to order from japan parts if it fits the same.

I would guess the GC latch is the same as the GD/justy?

The latch on my RA roof vent has cracked at the pin on one side but still functions 100% if it gets worse I'll give the Justy latch a try. Although it would be cool to have an aluminum latch that will never crack again.

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Old 07-04-2012, 11:10 PM   #47
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Seems that with this past week's heatwave we managed to kill our Atlas-Copco air compressor. Without clean dry air we couldn't run but one laser on the back up. guess I'll be spending my days off plumbing in the portable AC.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:14 PM   #48
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We'll be working on the drawing Friday and hope to have it on the mill though it may be on the Crank-n-Cut and not the Haas.
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Drawing will be done after my religious experience in the morning (MTB ride and I usually have one if not two ). I tweaked the latch a little by adding some material around the two pin holes followed by tabs on the front sides to ease in opening. A few may be aware of how much time it takes to get something like this to production so bear with me. Designing the part is fairly easy, designing all the jigs to do the part is a whole other story. Hope it won't be to difficult of a process as after drilling the pin holes I'll just use them as alignment points in the fixtures. I'm actually going to do a sheet metal version first to see if I like the tabs on the front, I'll post pics once cut, formed and welded. SportyMark, I'll ship it up to you along with your other latches for a test fit and critique.
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Thanks for doing all the work on this
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