<VV> Disappointment in part
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airvair at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 27 00:35:34 EDT 2010
In response to the issue of the price, yes you COULD have a metal bezel. There is a guy producing them - for $150 a copy. And even they aren't perfect I bought several, and they all require significant rework to even fit the vent parts. So $60 isn't out of line, particularly since it had to be chromed. Also what you don't realize is that while the chroming does warp the part, the plastic does have a memory to it, so the reheating that will take place in a closed and parked car will take the warpage out. As to the rivets, the color IS a correct factory match to the originals. I double checked this as well as the head size. But I will agree that the attach rings are less than satisfactory. They are supposed to be the proper size, but I am not too happy with them. Clark's supplier is responsible for sizing them. My recommendation is to do as best you can with them, then JBWeld in the remainder, one at a time. You can even use a pair of pop rivets in the rear two holes.
-Mark (supplier of the part in question)
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Date: Thu, Aug 26, 11:14 PM +0000
Subject: <VV> Disappointment in part
I received the repo center AC vent bezel today and I'm very disappoint with
the part for several reasons. First of all, it's a plastic part that cost
$60, wow!! I thought for that price it was going to be metal. I guess I
should have done my homework. IMO it's not worth the price or even half the
Second the bezel is held to the vent assembly with rivets and little rings.
I couldn't find an easy way to install the rings without damaging the
bezel. There's got to be a better way to install the bezel. I had the rivets
bend, the finish on the bezel did get scratched and the rivet heads aren't
flush with the bezel. Oh BTW the rivets aren't the same color as the bezel
Finally, the bezel is warped. It dips in the middle. It really stands out
against the dash pad on the top and the radio bezel on the bottom.
Fortunately, I'm not into concours because it sure would be a point magnet.
The only good thing I can say about it is that it's not cracked and broken
like the old one.
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