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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:07 pm 
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I have an old folbot - when on a rather arduous trip a couple of weeks ago we noticed a few screws missing at the end from the frame. This is the central frame which joins the two halves together. They aren't typical screws, rather like the ones you hammer into the frame?
Anyone know what these are called / where to buy them / how to fit them?

Any advise appreciated!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:10 pm 
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Your description is a bit confusing. Could you perhaps post a photo or two to give be a better idea of what you're referring to?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:35 pm 
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Are you perhaps referring to the rivets used to connect frame components together?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:48 pm 
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Yes they are rivets connect the frame components together.
Does anyone know where i can buy these?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:50 pm 
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The Folbot rivets are larger/stronger than normal hardware store rivets. You will need to find a supplier with comparable stock. Perhaps someone here has one in mind.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:33 am 
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I use stainless steel pop rivets, which are stronger than the aluminum ones and won't corrode. You can find them at boating stores and on line:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_t ... 57179b566a

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:13 pm 
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I have not tried any of those options from Amazon as I still have a big bag of the official Folbot rivets.

This is very similar to what Folbot used:
http://www.cherryaerospace.com/product/cherrymax
http://www.aerotfs.com/max_specs.htm

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:11 am 
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Back to this rivet/fastener topic. Folbot had posted on their blog (years ago) a reference to their fasteners. It was a Magna-Lok made by Huck/Arconic (formerly Alcoa). Trying to track these down as both rivets failed where the connection to my Kodiak bow and top deck tube are. Just as I am packing for Gulf Coast paddling. Unfortunately Folbot's blog post didn't include size or model numbers.

Anyone have the correct manufacturer and size? I'm not certain if they used different sizes, I wouldn't expect so but if I could find someone who has an actual package from Folbot which lists the specs that would be great.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:54 pm 
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When everything else fails, McMaster-Carr (https://www.mcmaster.com/) is a great source for hard-to-find hardware.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:04 am 
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As I read shambles' post and other replies, I realize that a rivet should never be considered a screw since there are no threads on a rivet. On the center frame of my Folbot there are two fasteners at the top that are screws, and these would be easy to lose. They are modified 1/4-20 bronze carriage bolts, but stainless might be easier to find, and galvanized would certainly work. They have a square shoulder underneath the head. Two sides of the head have been milled off (or ground off) to allow the head to fit through the rectangular slots on the tabs on the frame member.


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