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Old 07-13-2016, 09:11 PM   #1
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Powered pop top bolt@pivot point

Hi... new here... I have a recent install of a power pop top from Colorado Camper Van, and the owner on numerous requests had failed to address the problem with the bolt(s)

The bolt is auguring (the best description I can come up with) so the scissor action loses tension cause delays in the top rising, and fully closing. I have included a youtube link to show what I am talking about... any suggestion to what is causing this, or has anyone else experienced this?



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Old 07-13-2016, 09:35 PM   #2
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Try putting in a larger bolt to take up the slack or drilling out to fit a sleeve if it doesn't have one. I'm heading up to CCV week after next, I'll try to get an answer.
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:02 PM   #3
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Is the bolt bent, or the hole elongated? It looks more like the bolt is bent, if so get a grade 8 and make sure the shank (non threadded part) extends passed the opening, use a thick washer to take up any slack / play. The idea is no threads should be touching any parts that move. As said above, if the metal tube stock is not sleeved, then sleeve it, but it doesn't look like there is much meat to do that.
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:06 PM   #4
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Thanks Ref and Sheep... the way things are going I am pretty sure Derek will not fix this or paid to have it fixed (based on him never responding to this issue in particular) so i will have to do a better job than his crew.

Sucks that something i was so excited about, drove though 5 states just to get there etc etc etc... has become such a perfect crap storm!
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:29 PM   #5
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Looks to me like a loose or bent bolt. Replace, tighten, and you'll be good to go.
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:21 AM   #6
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Without understanding the entire design.......there appears to be opportunities for significant improvement here.......welded bracket...shoulder screw......if you were local I'd take a look.....
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Without understanding the entire design.......there appears to be opportunities for significant improvement here.......welded bracket...shoulder screw......if you were local I'd take a look.....
Thanks BW and I truly appreciate the offer to help (BYW- love your build thread, someone hooked me up with the link... sweet stuff man!)

From what Matt tried to describe to me, it has some sort of pin it. I guess I will find out eventually what it is all about. Either Derek will be willing to have it fixed (or not) or I will take it upon myself to have it fixed and bill him.
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I've met both Matt and Derek. They are really nice, reasonable guys and very much enthusiasts. Last I saw, their shop was absolutely slammed. I'm sure it's not personal and I'd be surprised if they didn't help you out. If I wasn't going away on a road trip, I could swing in there for you as I'm pretty close by, but I won't be back till August.
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I've met both Matt and Derek. They are really nice, reasonable guys and very much enthusiasts. Last I saw, their shop was absolutely slammed. I'm sure it's not personal and I'd be surprised if they didn't help you out. If I wasn't going away on a road trip, I could swing in there for you as I'm pretty close by, but I won't be back till August.
I appreciate the offer of help, thanks
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