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avenger 11
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posted August 16, 2004 07:47 PM  
I have been using Pop brand rivets because that is all I can get around here.I like how they hold,but I hate drilling them out.I think it would be better to find a brand that has an aluminum stud,instead of steel.Could somebody give me a brand name that you can drill out without the drill bit walking all over and making a quarter inch hole?

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posted August 16, 2004 08:30 PM           send a private message to avenger 11   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
I've used Ace brand all alum rivets, and I hate them. (probably same problem with all full alum rivets) the alum shaft has a tendency to break off before the rivet is tight, and leaves part of the shaft sticking out of the rivet when it does. I will use only the rivets with the steel shafts. The key to drilling them out is to use a punch or an awe to push the center back down before you drill them.

Dirt Freak

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posted August 16, 2004 08:55 PM  
Irvan Smith sells a bit that holds the rivets head while it drills out the center.

Dirt Maniac

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posted August 16, 2004 10:31 PM  

The best rivits for holding tight I believe is alluminum with steel shank I think they are pop brand. Steel steel is even better for holding but harder to find and more expensive. On drilling out rivits I think if your fighting your drill sliding off the side cause of the steel shank I have took a punch and knocked the shank down or out of the rivits then when your drilling you can stay in the middle just takes awhile longer. Help this helps

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posted August 19, 2004 10:40 AM  
If you want alum./alum. rivets,POP brand makes them.
You can get them from PERFORMANCE BODIES.
From personal experience the all alum. rivets do not hold as tight as the steel shank and loosen up real quick from vibration.They are all a pain to drill out. Use the punch method to knock out the steel shank before drilling it saves alot of aggravation from the bit walking. Use back- up washers where you can. The rivet will hold tighter. Good Luck!

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posted August 19, 2004 01:42 PM  
If you have a problem drilling them out, you can also use a flat head screw driver and hammer and chisel them out.

George Gilliland
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posted August 19, 2004 03:39 PM  
Most of the "POP" rivets that I use now are all steel and 3/16" Diameter. They hold much better.

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