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    zipper repair

    Took a little spill on the TW not too long ago. Came up to a deactivation ditch too fast and hit it slightly diagonally while downshifting and braking. A relatively slo-mo crash on the left side. Barkbusters and front rack did their job. Pounded them and the foot peg back into position with a mallet, no prob. I had the zippers on my jacket slightly undone at the wrist for some airflow. When I wiped, the sleeve rode up my forearm and popped out several zipper teeth on my Rev' It Sand 2 jacket. Buggah.
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    It would've been a difficult and expensive repair to rip out and stitch in a new zipper. Then I got to thinking. Zippers are mechanical devices...
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    So I went to Walmart and bought a matching zipper for $8. It was a YKK Vislon 5VSU. My back up plan was to go to the thrift store and buy some item with the same zipper.vislon.jpgdouble acting.jpg
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    First I harvested some teeth from the new zipper. I just cut the end off one side and pulled the teeth off the exposed end with a nail clipper.teeth.jpg
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    Then I opened them up with a jewlers file and to be able to fit over the bump on the zipper fabric. The tricky part was getting them on. I used a real small pair of needle nose.. Once they clipped into place, I gingerly opened and closed the zipper a few times to align them.tools.jpg
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    Then I pricked some krazy glue into the fabric by the replaced teeth to set them in place. Seems to work!fixed.jpgopen.jpg
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    Nice job bro!!
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    Edit: I can now see all the pictures.


    Me know see the attachments. Get a "invalid attachment" error message when I click on the attachment link. We've had this problem before. OP maybe can edit and re-attach the photo or if available click on the "go advanced" button and re-attach. One of those methods worked in the past.

    P.S. I can see the first picture in post 1 but no other.
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    Another option is to simply sew in a new YKK zipper. My wife did this for me when my riding coat zipper failed.
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    Awesome repair! It will be interesting to see how it holds up over time in the saddle.
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    Me no see-um attachments either. Sounds interesting! I had no idea that was even possible.
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