Re: Pop top scissor bolts snapped & will not rise
Well guys, today while installing a TruckVault as the base of my bed, I discovered that the upper, plastic guide (passenger side) in the metal track, was off its "mount". I had to use a screwdriver to get it back on the metal frame, but it kept coming back off when I put the top up and down. What a POS this design is.
Heck, Ive only had this top up and down maybe 20 times in a year. After all, I'm still in building mode.
I also discovered that the support poles base bolts were scraping along the base frame sides, causing binding and bending (see scrapes and 1 bent bolt in pic).
The plastic track SHOULD have been glued to the metal base, not just relying on a plastic press fit. As a fix, I drilled a hole on the base, next the plastic guide that keeps coming off. I then glued the guide on to the base, and then used a zip tie in the new hole, and around the end of the plastic guide and lubed with copper anti-seize.
I also used 4 pieces of clear tubing, which I cut to about 5/8 lengths, then V-notched each end. These were then pressed into each end of the plastic guides to hold the ends in place.
I then trimmed off a 1/4" of the base bolts so they wouldn't scrape and bind anymore.
No wonder the cross-bolts are snapping. The plastic guide design is seriously lacking....
I also have no idea why the top sections of vinyl covering are getting thrashed, as well...
Rollers creating damage to vinyl.
Center section bolts. High tensile?
My fix to keep the ends tucked in (you could add silicone to the center of the tube, which would practically guarantee the tube not loosening up, yet be able to replace the guides in the future with ease.
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