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Unread 11-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #1831
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Nice! What's the blue handle thing on the latch side?
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That appears to be a latch mechanism from Poly Performance. Here is a better picture - I used one on mine.

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Unread 11-24-2012, 07:54 AM   #1832
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Nice! What's the blue handle thing on the latch side?
It is the latch handle i made a copy of the poly one. They want 125.00 for it which is not bad but i made mine in a few hours for 20.00.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #1833
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Interesting.. you know, I never thought to try and come up with my own latch design. If I could make one for $20 or so, that would be less than half the cost of the 341-R DeStaCo latches..

I may have to kick that one around a bit..

Any chance on getting some close up pics and maybe a description of how it works? I wouldn't copy it exactly.. I'd change the color of the handle..
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Unread 11-24-2012, 04:11 PM   #1834
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Pretty elegant design. Looking at the pic I posted above, as it is closed the tube portion of the swing-arm engages with the half-moon shaped receiver welded to the bumper. The handle is then moved to the verticle position and the finger at the lower end of the handle travels behind the half moon piece and pulls the arm in tight. The spring loaded T-latch pin then engages the hole you see which keeps the handle in the engaged position. To release the latch, you pull the T-latch out disengaging the pin, the handle drops to the 45 degree position as shown in the pic above, and the arm releases.

Once closed, it is virtually impossible for the latch to accidentally disengage. I've been very happy with it. Very tight and absolutely no rattles.

Edit: Here is the link to my build on the tire carrier in the picture above, and if you look at posts #5 & #6 you will see what I did to make this work. The Poly latch mechanism is designed to be mounted to 1 3/4" tube, and this shows what I did to make it work with the 2x4 square tube.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/s...rrier-1128388/

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Unread 11-24-2012, 08:20 PM   #1835
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Synergy Suspension is actually the company that makes the latch.
http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...y-p-19993.html
This page has the latch and shows some pictures of it from different angles.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 05:42 AM   #1836
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Thanks for those pics/links guys..

I'll kick the idea around for a while... maybe combine a "toggle" latch with that Poly Perf latch. I like the way a toggle latch "snaps overcenter" when it closes. The clamping force increases on a "J" Curve as the latch overcenters.

The DeStaCo 341-R is a very good clamp.. it's strong and relatively easy to use. However, it is expensive (about $50 shipped) for what's basically folded sheetmetal with a Ubolt and a red rubber handle.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 06:03 AM   #1837
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im about to start a bumper, that latch is pretty sweet.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 06:03 PM   #1838
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My handle is 3/4" tube with the end welded up and dipped in Plastidip, the blue stuff.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 09:13 PM   #1839
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I'd probably cut the handle on the plasma table.. maybe out of 1/2" plate.. and cut it like a "pistol grip shifter handle".. with finger grooves.

I'm a "tinkerer" by nature.. so a latch is intriguing to me.. I have no life..
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Unread 11-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #1840
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Here is what I made for my latch on my besrk inspired bumper. It works great and holds strong. I have been thinking of a secondary lock pin for it though.

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It is the latch handle i made a copy of the poly one. They want 125.00 for it which is not bad but i made mine in a few hours for 20.00.
How do you make the spring loaded T-latch?
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How do you make the spring loaded T-latch?
It is a pop pin that i bought. I think you can get it on Poly's website but i got mine from Grainger.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 10:32 AM   #1843
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I get my pull pins from Fixtureworks.com
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Unread 11-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #1844
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I get my pull pins from Fixtureworks.com
Thanks for the link guys...

I checked out that plastidip, wow it's expensive...

I like the looks of the pull handle latch than the DeStatCo. I'm sure the Destatco is fine, the other looks looks cool.... I saw it on NashevilleTJ's tire carrier a while back.
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Thanks for the link guys...

I checked out that plastidip, wow it's expensive...

I like the looks of the pull handle latch than the DeStatCo. I'm sure the Destatco is fine, the other looks looks cool.... I saw it on NashevilleTJ's tire carrier a while back.
I bought my plasti dip at Ace Hardware, a small bottle that would do that handle 10-12 times for about 8.00.
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