Easing tight wing window latches, reducing the striker height - Ferrari Life
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post #1 of 2 Old 12-03-2018, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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Easing tight wing window latches, reducing the striker height

The Dino Wing windows fasten with a rotating catch attached to the glass and a plastic striker on the rail to cinch the rotating window into place. For decades theses have been breaking off as owners struggle to find new and stronger adhesives. In my case, the adhesive partly held long enough to remove some scalloped shaped glass pieces too.

So rather than focus on finding a super adhesive, I step back and look at the problem; too much pressure on the latch when closed.

Examining this, I see that by reducing the striker height the latch pressure will be reduced.

I pop the striker cover with a pick, drill out the rivets, grind the striker backing down to reduce height and install back in the original spot
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post #2 of 2 Old 12-03-2018, 08:36 PM
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Great work Scott. Now that is a unique way to solve the problem. But, you are absolutely correct. By reducing the height of the striker, you will reduce the amount of stress that the latch will be under when closed. You may have solved the issue of the wing latch that eventually detaches itself from the glass because of the stress that it is under when in the locked position (and is exasperated when the doors are firmly closed). Once the ideal height is determined where there is enough pressure to keep the wing glass sealed and the pressure is reduced on the latch to keep it from popping off, why doesn't someone 3D print copies of that striker and sell it to other Dino owners.
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