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Someone on Yahoo pointed to some Southco parts 85-47-101-20 and 85-47-460-20 as replacement parts for the DZUS-style quarter turn fastener & receptable for the rear fender skirts.

Though Southco has a minimum $5000 order requirement, they're quite generous with product samples (as long as you have a business name and a FedEx account to cover shipping :)). So now I have a ten-pack of each, bolts and receptacles. But I also have a few questions...

Has anyone posting to InsightCentral boards used these on their own Insight? If so, how did you remove the original DZUS receptacle and make the Southco on fit? How corrosion resistant are these parts?
 

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lee_rimar said:
Has anyone posting to InsightCentral boards used these on their own Insight?
Here! Me! I did!

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If so, how did you remove the original DZUS receptacle and make the Southco on fit?
With great difficulty :cool:

Actually, you need long, flexible fingers to get in there. the old clip just slides off (upwards) and the new one goes on in the reverse direction. Just try not to loose the new clip inside a cavity that it doesn't come out of! I think I still have one in there, somewhere...

lee_rimar said:
How corrosion resistant are these parts?
Look like new, after three winters of use on salty New England roads.
 

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Re corrosion resistance,
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Look like new, after three winters of use on salty New England roads.
Good to know, thanks.

I'm a little concerned because a magnet is strongly attracted to the clips (but not the bolts). I've always thought good quality stainless won't stick to a magnet but lower grades will. Of course, that could just be some myth I picked up somewhere :?

I'll salt-water test these for a few days and see what happens. Would hate to make new problems for myself.
 

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Another thing - wings?

Has anyone tried using the wing head version of this part,

85-12-460-20 instead of 85-11-460-20

instead of the slotted head? Seems to make it would make remove/replace a little easier. Not sure if the wings would get in the way of anything....
 

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Armin said:
Actually, you need long, flexible fingers to get in there. the old clip just slides off (upwards) and the new one goes on in the reverse direction. Just try not to loose the new clip inside a cavity that it doesn't come out of! I think I still have one in there, somewhere...

I've managed to loose one of the clips putting a skirt back on. They are steel so you can easily fish them out with a magnet if you loose one. Better than having one rattle forever.
 

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I lost the rear screw while zooming down the interstate! It rub the bottom off but overall not that bad.

Luckly I had some Zip Ties in the car !! Zip ties work great for the rear screw.
 

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Free fasteners anyone?

Interest in these seems to have died down, but if anyone wants them, I have some of those Southco stainless steel fasteners available. I decided long ago I wouldn't use them, and they have just been sitting around. The catch is-- I'm missing one of the clips. So I have 3 clips and 4 bolts. Maybe someone just needs a few? Let me know and I'll send them to you for the cost of shipping.

Michael
 

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A ten year old thread resurrected. I'd be interested in testing these out. Send me your paypal id and I'll paypal you whatever you want for postage to Indianapolis, IN 46226
Thanks
Gerald
 
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