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post #1 of 11 Old 06-06-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Velcro substitute

Hey all. Looking for a substitute for Velcro. I live out here in charleston south Carolina. It gets so hot and humid out here that Velcro does not like to stay stuck to my Klr dash.
I'm not sure what else to use. Any input is greatly appreciated.


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post #2 of 11 Old 06-06-2011, 10:07 PM
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Well, this is by no means a replacement for velcro since it's almost impossible to remove stuff affixed with this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16848035297

It's what I use though when I want stuff to stay stuck... It's a thousand times better than the cheap double sided tape they put on stuff that they sell in the store. I've used it to affix a 12volt outlet to my lower cowl and I also used it to stick the Oxford heated grip controller on the dash of my bike. The original stuff on the grip controller fell off the first day I took the bike out. Again though, it's almost impossible to get something off that you've stuck on with this stuff, so I'm not sure if that is what you were looking for. I love it though, stuff stays stuck!

Edit: If it's the original double sided tape coming off the velcro, you can replace it with this industrial stuff and it wont come loose anymore! Then you still retain the removablity of the velcro and it wont pull off the bike.


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black hi temp silicone? tape in place until cured.

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-07-2011, 08:23 AM
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Are you wanting to remove it at times or is it OK to leave in place?
Are you using regular velcro or strong industrial grade velcro?
If you need to remove and are using normal velcro you can get strong and sticky velcro from the sewing dept at Walmart.

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I am not a fan of Velcro or tape…. I like to drill 2 small holes and snap a few rivets in
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I was just using the Velcro that came with the gauge. I have some of the industrial stuff at work so I'll give that a go tonight. If that fails maybe I can drill a hole above and below on each side and safety wire it up there. It needs to be able to be removed if I need to take the bike apart.


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I was just using the Velcro that came with the gauge. I have some of the industrial stuff at work so I'll give that a go tonight. If that fails maybe I can drill a hole above and below on each side and safety wire it up there. It needs to be able to be removed if I need to take the bike apart.
If all else fails, you could just drill a couple of holes and use a couple of small, short pop rivets to hold the velcro base in place on the surface. Easily removed by drilling out the center if you need to do so. Can't imagine a couple of pop rivet heads would greatly reduce the velcro surface/surface bond.



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Planalp UUMMmmmm… did you just say “Pop rivet the Velcro on” ?????? Baaahahahaha
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Planalp UUMMmmmm… did you just say “Pop rivet the Velcro on” ?????? Baaahahahaha
Yes, I, the self-proclaimed "Master Of The Half-Assed" have actually done this. Like I always say of most of my projects: "Laugh if you will, I don't blame you."

I wanted to listen to my iPod in my Tacoma but didn't want to pay $35 for some kind of cheap air vent/cup holder bracket. So, I took out my ash tray and made a metal bracket that mounted with the ash tray bolts: nice and solid.

I tried velcro on the bracket (after sanding and cleaning the metal for good adhesion) and on the back of a cheap case for the iPod. But, my vehicle sits in direct sunlight for hours at work and I found that when I'd pull the iPod loose, the hook part of the velcro on the bracket would just pull off with a slimey, heat-destroyed glue goo on the back. For some reason, the "loop" part never came loose from the plastic case, so for some reason the adhesion problem was with the metal bracket, not the iPod case itself.

So, I just put five pop rivets in the hook velcro patch that was attached to the bracket: one in each corner and one in the middle. Hasn't come loose since. I probably could have solved the problem with some higher-grade velcro with better glue, but I already had the rivets and the gun. The area the heads of the rivets took up, compared to the surface area of the patch itself, about 2" x 3" didn't affect the velcro bond. I suppose it would depend on the surface area of whatever size piece of velcro you're using and how many rivets were required.

I'm a big pop rivet guy: I use them all the time.




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O.. I am sure that this works perfect …. However… saying it out lowed is sure to get you some jabs … you can do dumb things all day and you are COOL…. When you say dumb thing that when your in trouble…
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