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Old 11-02-2012, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing ts triangle badge?

Does anyone know how to remove these little rivets without drilling? Do they have to be drilled out?

I want to get the casing powder coated and I would like to fit a new plate (which I have) with new rivets.

Can they just be twisted out? I can't seem to get any pliers on them...
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have removed slightly larger twist rivets before but not these yet. Maybe if you cut off the rounded edges on two side either with careful hacksaw or small rotary cutoff wheels so you can get some precise edged pliers on them?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just peel away the corner of the (soft)aluminum plate with a small screwdriver (put some tape under the edge so as not to scratch)

This will give enough of the screw-nail showing to prise out with a small dike or whatever you have similar.

Safest way but you will ruin the patent plate.

dike = diagonal cutter
or equal

twist it out with a bit of pull- no problem.

Patent plates and screw nails are cheap.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice one Morris, cheers!

I did it that way but snapped two of the rivets out. I hardly even touched them, they were really brittle. Damn. Going to have to drill now. I'll have to stick them in the mill I reckon...

I assume you have to drill anyway for the new oversized ones?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You won't drill the rivets they are too hard.
Just drill new holes slightly to the side or above the old ones

Essy to remove the old ones is to peel the old plate completely off with a screwdriver and then grip under the rivet heads with a pair of small sharpened side cutters or pliers and simply twist them out.

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Old 11-02-2012, 09:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Okay, well I have filed the stubs flat so now you can't see where the old plate was. I'll drill new holes just below so all 3 holes are covered with the new plate.

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Old 11-03-2012, 02:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I was told by a Triumph "guru", many years back, when I changed my patent plate, that the old rivets can be carefully driven in until they bottom and that the new ones can be ground down a bit, then tapped in over the old ones. I didn't have to do it, fortunately, but it might be worth a try. They should tap in fairly easily. The "guru" is still doing the classic Triumph scene and is very well respected.

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Oh no! Well, I took all the engine parts in today for powder coating so I already filed them flat. Couldn't see where they were after I had done that so I'm going to have to re-drill.

Worth noting for future builds though!
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Best that you find the old rivets...............you just might hit one with the drill and mar the cover. Look a bit harder and see if you can find them.

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Old 11-04-2012, 06:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Take it from me..you can't drill the rivets. Like the guy said..they're too hard. I really buggered mine up. I finally got the rivet out, but then had to fill the crater with alumalloy. It worked out fine but what a pain. Be gentle with the dikes..Two rivets came out fine, but the third, I guess I basically cut off
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