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Quick access fasteners - i.e. Dzus

I'm already pretty fed up with all the little hex nuts that have to be removed to get at anything on the V. Anybody have some knowledge about Dzus fasteners and if our existing fasteners could be retro-fitted?

I think if we could figure out how it could work, a kit would soon be in out future
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Most aircraft quick release fasteners have a fairly large socket for the fastener to fit into. This would go right where the threaded hole for the stock fastener is located. Dzus fasteners use a piece of wire that the fastener grips. You can probably see pictures of various fasteners at the Aircraft Spruce and Supply company website. They are amateur aircraft builder oriented. Maybe they have something I'm not familiar with.
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I am a helicopter mechanic in the USCG, and we use similar types of fastners all over the aircraft. One thing to keep in mind is that they wear out pretty frequently. The posts on the fastners often break, and the receptcles will eventually become worn. Another thing is the receptacles are riveted in, so you should keep that in mind. Granted these are taking a serious beating from the aircraft vibrations, and we are constantly removing the cowlings for inspections so we put a lot of wear and tear on them. They also don't keep a good appearance. We also use several on each cowling to keep a tight, secure fit on the aircraft, I imagine that you wouldn't want a whole bunch of these on all your cowlings. Just my opinion.
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I would be thankful for hex head fasteners - either socket or regular - as compared to phillips head screws which IMO are really junk.

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I'm very familiar with them too. I had them on my DRZ400 and on an old GS500. My question is in HOW or IF a standard threaded mount can be retrofitted with a Dzus receptacle. The receptacles come in many different mounting options (see linky in my OP). I was hoping somebody would have some experience and/or knowledge in converting a standard thread mount with a Dzus receptacle.
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Have seen the Dzus type of Quick Fasteners and most of them are for medium vibration only and retrofitting these screws to the present ones wont change much as you will still need to remove them. Better off with the present Hex screws...

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I'm thinking of using these to attach a pelican/caribou/seahorse case to a swm tail rack. This sounds like a nice compromise between using plain-old bolts and something like the $100 quick lock systems that are available.

I'm going to look into the specs, shear and tensile load limits and such. Is anyone doing this already?
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Have seen the Dzus type of Quick Fasteners and most of them are for medium vibration only and retrofitting these screws to the present ones wont change much as you will still need to remove them. Better off with the present Hex screws...

Ok, so the Dzus fasteners on my DRZ400, GS500 and all the fasteners I've seen on RACE BIKES are only for "meduim vibration"?! I don't think so.

And -no **** Sherlock- I'll still have to remove them. But a 1/4 turn with my fingers is a lot easier than dragging out the hex keys. Especially when I have to remove the windshield. That to me is just dumb.
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I don't see how you can modify the hardware you have now to accept the Dzus fasteners, but I am not an engineer by any means. But if you already have them on two other bikes, then it seems to me you already have an example for your question.
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I believe it could be done, but would require a lot of cutting and welding. It would be more than a hardware kit.
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