Custom valve cap thumbscrews

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Goose360, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Goose360

    Goose360 Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I saw this article about custom thumb screws on MetkuMods and thought I'd give it a try
    http://metku.net/index.html?path=mods/screws/index_eng

    First I bought some cheap shiny valve caps, along with some Araldite (epoxy)
    The screws are just from my parts box
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    The caps (only $6 per set from the markets)
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    Mixing the epoxy
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    I used some of the packing foam from my case to hold them upright to dry
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    Leaving them to dry
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    The final result!
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    I apologise for the blurry ones. I haven't quite mastered macro photography, and my camera isn't that great


    This was a really cheap, quick and simple project, but (I think) it looks really good.
    Plus there are heaps of different things you could use instead for your own unique look

    Comments or suggestions welcome :D


    -Goose360
     
  2. BloodDonor

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    nice work... let us know how they hold up :)
     
  3. Smashedcrab

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    Great job they look good.:thumbup:
     
  4. Spork!

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    cheap, quick, simple and effective.
    4 of my favourite things. :D
     
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    Thanks BloodDonor, SmashedCrab and Spork! much appreciated
     
  6. ozgeek

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    Are those valve caps for car/bike tyres?

    That looks cool. I might give it a go. Where can I get those caps from?
     
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    Thanks Ozgeek,

    yeah these caps are for car tyres, but anything similar will work.
    I got mine in the local markets from a car modding place, but I'm sure you can find them in any car shop (super cheap etc) or bike shop.
    The caps seem to have the right sized opening to fit the top of those standard case screws (like I used) which makes it quite easy.

    You should definitely try it. For the small amount of time and effort, it looks great.:thumbup:
     
  8. Butcher9_9

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    how strong is the bond?

    if you twist hard on the cap is it likely to come off?
     
  9. Renza

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    yeh probably should have used JB weld for a stronger bond. they are also a little long for my liking.

    otherwise, great mod!
     
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    Thanks Butcher9_9 and Renza,

    I tried to break the bond by tightening it in as much as possible (so did my dad) and neither of us could break it. So its pretty strong


    To test it further, we placed pressure perpendicular to the join. This did eventually break the bond, but it took a while and a the amount of force necessary means you would actually have to be trying for the bond to break.

    they seem strong enough for what they are. Maybe next time I'll try JB Weld and see how that turns out.

    I agree, they are a little long, but I like the design and there wasn't a huge range of styles to choose from where I bought them
     
  11. ozgeek

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    I've found some (3) spare metal valve caps around the house. Turned 2 into case screws (already had 2 "real" case screws). They look great. Thanks for a nice idea.
     
  12. MR CHILLED

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    Nice, very nice simplistic mod. 10 points from me, and they look good too : )
     
  13. ttv8

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    nice, i have lost a couple of thumbscrews, great idea
     
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    Thanks MR CHILLED and ttv8. very much appreciated

    @ozgeek - post pics! :D
     
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    Good job looks great and very effective.
     
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    Thanks Ford ftw! nice name btw :thumbup:
     
  17. TMM

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    scuffing the heads of the screws and the ends of the valve caps with some coarse sandpaper will help get a stronger bond too :thumbup:
     
  18. ysu

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    very cool!
    thanks for sharing
     
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    Cool. Good job.

    If you did find that you did have a problem with the glue bond coming apart, using JB Weld instead of araldite would fix that.
     
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    yes these are exactly the same
     

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