February 20th, 2012
In this write up I am showing another option on fixing the broken end studs of the rear hatch handle. After hearing some feedback from people who installed the repair brace covered in this thread: http://www.clubxb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41979 , I thought of an alternative to the epoxy and grommet repair shown in the DIY http://www.clubxb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37142
While the brace will hold the hatch handle just fine without the end studs, the garnish may look more flush with the hatch body panel after very light tightening. Wire ties can provide enough force to achieve that. All the fasteners and tie wraps with a screw mount are readily available from most hardware stores.
#10 screws, nuts, washers, ties and plastic spacers 3/4" long with the ends rounded off:
The garnish will need two holes made for the screws to go through. Yes, they will show from the outside, but in most cases the part is really trashed and this is the alternative to buying a new one. So, break off or grind away all of the old plastic holding the stud and drill new holes:
Now the wire ties can be attached. Spacers will prevent overtightening and flexing of the garnish:
Both sides are done and there is no interference with the wiring:
To dress it up a little I cut a strip out of 3/4" wide aluminum plate. This cosmetic trim adds to the overall stiffness of the handle:
Now the garnish will follow the curve of the body panel from end to end:
To tighten the ends from the inside of the hatch I used the locks from another pair of zip ties:
All done. Shiny look may not be up to everyone's taste, so paint, vinyl wrap or sticker bomb the way You like it:
12 comments on "Hatch Handle Garnish trim with a zip tie fix"
Better than broken
Another great design by the legend.
I just need mine to break now so I can make mine cool too :-)
LOL, i'm for real and down to earth dooo
I friggin love it great job keep these great ideas coming man.... .
awesome victor!!! and you know i love them zip ties. (got over 2000 on the car.)
Thanks Teresa! Zip ties are cool and way better than duct tape
Nice job Victor!!!!
Thanks Steve! I think there is room for improvement still. Actually this is probably just the starting point of how i want this trim to look. More stuff is always in the works