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As im sure all of you are aware, the cowl vent panel clips tend to break easily and are hard to come by. I didn't want to try and machine my own so i 3D printed a set of screw retainers that will fit into the existing square holes and retain a #8 pan head screw. They were based on an old mopar concept (among others) that did the same thing, open on the sides and you simply squeeze them until they fit in the square hole and then let them go. the small lip keeps them from coming out but also very easy to remove.

 

I printed them out of ABS so they are pretty tough. If anyone wants the STL file, CAD model, drawing or a set just DM me. 

 

On mine, they tightened down fine and are still holding strong.

 

Some images below.

 

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52032104411_08b9278b3c_z.jpg I used a windshield rest here just to show how they function since you cant see them under the cowl vent panel.



#2
CSPCRX

Well done!  
 

For those without 3D printers are there services where you can send the file and they print them for you.  I thought I saw something in a different form where I saw this.


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yea there are services you can find on like Etsy and other sites that will print your files for you. Obviously there are larger scale prototype houses but that would be excessive. But i will print them for anyone that wants to try them. I just use work filament so i might as well! ha

 

Id just ask for some money for shipping costs.

 

I cant guarantee the color though, it would be whatever i have.



#4
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It’s a great solution.  I actually have a kit, window installers use them, and I have to say this is one of the single most annoying parts on these cars.  The little plugs that go into the cups are so thin they bend and don’t clip in.  They fly out constantly as a result I have not used my kit.

 

great thing is color really doesn’t matter as they are under the cowling.  You could also use black screws or screw caps for a cleaner look.

 

if you made a full set for me I would pay for shipping and materials.  Put them on the 86 race CRX.


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Yea not sure what Honda was thinking when they came up with that whole concept ha.

 

Yea the black screws would definitely make a cleaner look.

 

Ill send a set to the printer and DM you when they are ready. probably monday unless something comes up at work that takes priority.



#6
CSPCRX

No rush!  Great that you solved this.

 

I am finding that is one of the issues we are running into for these cars, little parts that can’t be found!


Victor
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Great solution.  I haven't removed the cowling in a long time.  But I'd always break those pins..  PITA


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