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Old 10-08-2019, 03:33 AM
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Re: Sleeve Lock Regulator Replacement with PHOTOS

Nice job. That looks excellent. I don't think the tolerances would be very tight on such a simple part. That one should work. Strength would be the main issue.
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:21 PM
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Re: Sleeve Lock Regulator Replacement with PHOTOS

Looking great, thanks for your efforts.
Please keep the forum updated.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:09 PM
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Re: Sleeve Lock Regulator Replacement with PHOTOS

Excellent!!
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:51 PM
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Re: Sleeve Lock Regulator Replacement with PHOTOS

I'll try to install the clip in my window assembly this weekend and test it.

If there is anybody out there who needs a clip very urgently and doesn't mind trying an early version, PM me and I'll try to hook you up ASAP. I'm sure the PLA version of the clip would last at least a little while (I fear PLA is going to degrade when temperature cycles, more than nylon would). You'll probably have to replace it at some point, but at least it could help immediately.

I'm also designing a version which effectively uses (two) zip-ties to strengthen the clip. Hopefully this version will result in a strong/durable option which could be 3D printed at home

The shapeways.com estimate came in around $6 + shipping. Once I test fitment, I'll order a few nylon clips from shapeways.com.

I see shapeways.com has some feature for creating a store - I might do this. It should make ordering the clip easier for people who don't do 3D printing, and if it makes any money it could go to help fund subaru-svx.com (and potentially fund development of other SVX things we could 3D print).

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Old 10-12-2019, 06:12 PM
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Re: Sleeve Lock Regulator Replacement with PHOTOS

Well, I took a look at my window problem today. Turns out the main problem was somebody else owned the car before me and really didn't know what they where doing.

First issue:


This window didn't have a sleeve clip on it! It has four holes drilled around that area, and lots of glue or epoxy. Guessing this was a previous owner's attempt to fix the missing clip problem.... This causes problems for me because there is glue stuck on the back of the assembly which I can't see, but gets in the way of the clip, and I can't tell if the clip is the wrong size, and the glue is in the way.

After getting much of the glue off, I was able to get the clip to seat almost perfectly:


Fitment was very tight. I think if round some corners, fitment will be much easier. There are also a couple of very subtle chamfers on the original that I didn't include, these will also likely help improve the fitment.

I did test the window with the 3D printed clip in place and it worked perfectly.

Anyway, progress is being made, so YAY!.

I'll do a new version of the clip and test that one (hopefully tomorrow).

Cheers!
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:37 PM
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Re: Sleeve Lock Regulator Replacement with PHOTOS

Push on Ian you are doing a great job.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:03 PM
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Re: Sleeve Lock Regulator Replacement with PHOTOS

Ok, after a couple of days of testing and iterating on the design, I think we are close to a winner!

The latest version fits better, and has a been reinforced on the "bottom" part which I think is where many of these things break. You can see the size difference here:


This one fits perfectly:


The enlarged/reinforced end still clears the rest of the mechanism with over a 1mm of clearance:


I've placed an order with shapeways.com for 5 units made in nylon. This comes out at $8 to $9 each. I'll let you know how the shapeways units turn out.

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