Omnistep Broken Rivet

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  1. dna

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    Our electric step has suffered a snapped rivet on the side arm. Omnistore (thule) sell a "rivet repair kit" which includes various washers, bolts etc.

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    Has anyone tried this option for repairing the step - how easy was it to drill out the old rivet to install the new parts?
     
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    If it is a rivet, then old pin should drift out, i,m assuming head has broken off hence loose arm.
     
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    did you see the price of it .. :eek:

    I'd be replacing the rivet with a bolt and nylock nut
     
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    The price of the kit is eye watering which is why I wondered if anyone had used it.

    Unfortunately the part of the rivet in the arm I'm holding in the picture is very firmly fixed. The other part knocked out easily but this one will need drilling out. Other web comments suggest the same so it will be out with a drill at some point and then finding the right sized bolt.

    Thanks to you all for your help.
     
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    2 man job , but try holding a socket behind arm, then drift pin out
     
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    ...or use some 2 legged pulley pullers if you know anyone with some ?
     
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    I repaired one successfully with a mushroom head stainless steel bolt and nylock nut with a nylon washer between the arms. had to drill out the rivet. cost under £1 and took about 15 minutes kneeling in the rain on a campsite
     
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    Thanks everyone for the advice which gave me the confidence to give it a go - part one of the job is done, I've drilled out the rivet ok. Just need the nylock nuts to arrive tomorrow and the job can be finished.

    @TheBig1 I'm very impressed you had all the bits and bobs and a drill with you to do this on a campsite. :D
     
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    My Mrs us always complaining I carry too much crap, But she is always pleased when I repair stuff straight away. The bolt I used was way too long, but you use what you have to hand. Took a grinder to it at home to tidy up
     
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    The broken end taps out and you can replace with a bolt and locking nut. Our old vans step broke and we sorted it this way.
     
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