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Old July 28th, 2012, 04:54 AM
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

Quote: Originally Posted by bradlineberry View Post
Rmatv sells two tusk anchors for 3.50 a piece.
Only comes in two pack for 6.99

Most i have seen on this thread dont look as good and cost just as much.

This may have been mentioned earlier i did not read the whole thread.
Adding another option.

I was thinking the same thing... I guess prices have come down because I ordered a 4 pack from EMP for 18 bucks.



Of course, I do love Ace and little hardware stores.


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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

I bought the stuff to make one of these today. $6 and 10 minutes worth of time and it works great. Now I can get enough to make 5 more

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Old August 6th, 2012, 02:40 PM
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

I tried to get the expansion plugs locally and found the following:

O'Reilly Auto - $2.99/ea (1 in stock)
AutoZone - $2.99/ea (1 in stock)
Napa Auto - $4.59/ea (1 in stock)
ACE hardware - $4.00/ea (6 in stock)

O'Reilly and AutoZone were Doorman 1" - 1-1/8" (25mm - 28mm) Expand-Tite Rubber expansion plugs (#02600). Napa and Ace sold them un-packaged. Ace hade them in a pull out drawer on the nuts & bolts isle.

I got one from each of them because I went to Ace last and only planned on making 4. I got the following from Home Depot:
5/16" x 3-1/4" eye bolt w/ nut - $0.63/ea
5/16" tee nuts - $1.18/4pk

After building and testing those 4, I decided I needed at least 4 more. I decided this time to search online for a cheap price and found the exact same Doorman plugs cheaper:
rockauto.com - $2.56/ea (+$5.45 priority mail S&H for 8 plugs)

I got 8 more eye-bolts and 2 more packs of tee nuts from Home Depot for $7.90 making my total for these 8 tie-downs $33.83 after tax and shipping.

Also, I made mine just like @guy48065 did in the first post. Here is a list of the steps I took to build them:
1 - Remove the hardware from the plug. Keep only the rubber and the larger washer.
2 - Drill/ream the hole in the plug with a 3/8" drill bit. This isn't required, but will help keep the plug from expanding from the tee nut.
3 - Cut the barbs off the tee nut, leaving only little nubs. When the tee nut is used with the full barbs, it expands and makes it difficult to insert the finished tie down.
4 - Thread the nut all the way up to the eye. I've seen some made without this nut, but I think that might make it harder to hand-tighten from above.
5 - Put the eye bolt through the flat washer, then the rubber, then into the tee nut. Had tighten until the tee nut has set into the plug.
6 - Insert into a lock-and-ride hole in your RZR and hand tighten. I tightened them as much as I could without tools and they were pretty stable. I gave them all another 1/2 to 1/4 turn with a screw driver through the eyelet and had no fear of damaging the plastic on my RZR. With 4 of these and some bungees I kept my cooler and tool box in place without incident for 2 days on some fairly rough Uinta trails.

I've seen some of the ready-made versions of this plug using a fender washer and (nylon lock?) nut on bottom. If I were leaving these in semi-permanently, I would think that would give the best hold and stay power.

I also like the hook idea, but think I may just cut a 1/4 inch from a couple of my eye bolts where the bend returns to the eye or spread them out a little. That should give me enough of a gap to slide bungees or straps into the eye without having to feed them through.

Parts for 8 tie-downs (1 extra eye-bolt & pack of tee-nuts):


Rubber plug drilled out and barbs on tee nut clipped off:


The tee nut in the first plug has the full barbs still, the second one has them clipped. You can see how much the barbs distort the rubber and makes them harder to insert:


Close-up of a tee nut with the barbs cut off. I just used red-handle tin-snips:


My 8 newest complete tie-downs.
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

these are cool...im gonna make em tonight.... funny... i've used this plug before. When i was in virginia in 2010 i blew a spark plug in my excursion.... bought that rubber plug to plug hole and drive back to MI. Worked great.
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

Quote: Originally Posted by orangecrush View Post
Quote: Originally Posted by bradlineberry View Post
Rmatv sells two tusk anchors for 3.50 a piece.
Only comes in two pack for 6.99

Most i have seen on this thread dont look as good and cost just as much.

This may have been mentioned earlier i did not read the whole thread.
Adding another option.

I was thinking the same thing... I guess prices have come down because I ordered a 4 pack from EMP for 18 bucks.



Of course, I do love Ace and little hardware stores.


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EMP has the right idea, Tusk doesn't. You need tools to install & remove the Tusk anchor. Easy in-out and finger tight is all you need. For the same $$ get the T-nut ones so you don't need to reach underneath with a wrench to hold the nut from spinning.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 06:41 AM
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

I just received an email from rockauto.com with a 5% off coupon code that is re-usable. I checked to make sure it works and also noticed the plugs have come down to $2.34 each. The shipping for 8 of these has gone up to $7.41 (7 is still $5.45). You're better off placing 2 orders of 4. That makes it $23.18 for all 8.

Here's and excerpt of the email I received:
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Enter the code above in the "How did you hear about us" line of the shopping cart. If you are using our traditional HTML catalog, please click the "Apply" button to the right of the field. Your discount will automatically appear, subtracted from your order total. Orders using discount codes must be placed online. Phone orders are not eligible for discounts.

The discount takes 5% off our already-low prices. There's no limit on order size or the number of orders. Use the code for your next order, and share the code with friends, neighbors, relatives, the guy at the corner garage--anyone you know who works on cars or trucks.

This discount code expires on October 21, 2012; so don't wait!
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

Do you have a part number for them at rockauto?
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

DORMAN Part # 02600 (Click here)
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

Thanks Stinky.. thats what I needed.
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NV Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

Thank you everyone that posted on this thread! I have spent 2 and a half weeks chasing down a little piece of rubber to make these work and this is what I had found...

Autozone, Ace, Home Depot, O'Reily's, Lowe's, Walmart, West Marine, etc didn't have any clue where I could find this little piece of round rubber. Eventually, Pep Boys had 6 of them spread across 3 stores.

Big thank you for all of the ideas and suggestions. Now, I can go on my trip that I had planned with all of the gear I need.

Thanks Again!
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

you should be able to find the rubber expansion plug at any hardware store that carriers the Hillman Brand of fasterners and such. Here's a link to the plug on their website.
Item # 58250-A, 1 to 1 1/8 in. Neoprene Expansion Plug on The Hillman Group
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

Brass plug in original post on left side of picture is a simple boat drain plug that you can buy in any quantity you want at your local boat dealer.
I made up 6 of them last weekend in less than 30 minutes.
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I decided to make some billet lock and ride tie downs. Kind of time consuming but a different look.
[IMG]http://i1174.photobucket.com/albums/r602/TeamKRacing1/20130324_000340_zps6d9bf416.jpg

I have made tie downs for 3 different box and cooler holder combinations. I just took my Dee Zee box to my buddy to be spray foamed into a large cooler.
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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

A few more

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Re: Home-made Lock N Ride Anchors

I just made a set of these with parts from True Value. They had large (1") expansion plugs in plumbing, 1/4" x 3" stainless eye bolts, 3 prong t nut, and I added a nylock nut to prevent the assembly from coming apart. I didn't need to cut the t nuts as they only had 3 prongs. they go in the hole firm, and expand and grip very well. The nylock nut allows you to loosen everything completely without worries. All in all, they cost $6 each, but the rubber compond in these plugs is a bit softer than the automotive ones.
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