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    Default Radiator Vinyl Shroud

    Iím about to fit a new vinyl shroud for the radiator intake on a DS23. Before I start I wondered if there was any wisdom I should consider before starting...
    Heat the vinyl?
    Use big staples and bend them manually with pliers or hammer?
    Has anyone gone space age and opted for Velcro?

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    Hello, I used stainless steel locking wire and lock wire twisting pliers to tighten.
    Trouble with Velcro is you either have to stick it on (how long will that last?) or staple it on, so you are back to where you started.
    I didn't find any need to heat the vinyl. You just need a towel on the kitchen table to stop it sliding all over the place, and a third hand.

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    Iím going to strip and returning my original shroud, and I plan to replicate the big copper staples. Somehow. Probably folding them by hand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Secretsenor View Post
    Has anyone gone space age and opted for Velcro?

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    Yes Velcro did seem like a good idea when I installed my new shroud. So I tried it, but somehow it didn't last the distance . Probably got too hot in there for the glue and it became unstuck after a few weeks. It's possible that using a specific glue for that application would work, but I reverted to original fixing.
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    I drilled every other staple hole to 1/8 inch and used pop rivets with backing washers on the inside. After 10 years, so far so good.
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    Iím thinking rivets if itís a 10+ year option


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    I went with Rivets and the existing (original?) metal straps as reinforcement


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    Looks good from here.! Well done.
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    Hello, I'd like to see the stapler they originally used, must have been a beast to punch through the metal strips

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    I'm guessing the holes were pre-formed?
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    No, I used a punch


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