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Keith in WA Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Anyone have a good, non-flammable trick for a zipper that's going kaput?

My Bell Endurance suit is only 2 years old. At the last race, my zipper started to separate whenever I was zipping it. It's not a specific area like a damaged tooth or something and looking at when it separates, I can't see any damage. I can slowly wiggle it and get it to zip right but taking 5 minutes to zip my suit each time is a PITA, especially when I'm in a rush to pre-grid.

I've heard you can coat them with stuff like parafin but that doesn't sound smart in a fire suit. Replace just the little zipper dealie? If I have to cut out and replace the whole zipper I'd be tempted to just buy a new suit. Waranteeable? Any help would be appreciated.

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I would contact the retailer, or Bell directly. I have not heard of a top line suit failing, like that.
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I bought a double coat zipper and had it sewn by a seamstress. Got to PRI and told the G-force rep that the zipper broke and they told me that they would have replaced it for free if I had contacted them! Lesson learned.

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Good point. I'll call Bell tomorrow. They've always been very good when I've broken their helmets.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gatoratty:
I bought a double coat zipper and had it sewn by a seamstress. Got to PRI and told the G-force rep that the zipper broke and they told me that they would have replaced it for free if I had contacted them! Lesson learned.

Yes, find a nice young seamstress that has experience helping men with zippers.

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You might check with CV Products.

I pulled a couple of teeth off my Sparco suit zipper trying to pull it on in a hurry without unzipping it all the way. CV was the authorized repair center, replacing it with an original Sparco Nomex zipper, for about $50ish IIRC.

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It sounds like the slider is bad.It might have sprung and no longer closes the teeth together.Sometimes you can carefully squeeze it back together.Be careful as it takes very little to close it up too much.
Wax is a bad idea as it causes the slider to spring open.Light oil is the best zipper lubricant.
A shoe repair shop can generally replace a slider.
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Best method for lubing zippers I learned from my Dad 50 years ago. rub a soft pencil lead (#2?) up and down the entire length.

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franks and beans!

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It happened to me w/ a GForce suit right before I had to jump in the racecar at Skip Barber last year. Luckily, they have suits on hand, so I just grabbed one of theirs. Pegasus has nomex zippers and thread. I had a local seamstress put it in my suit with the nomex thread. I should have done what Gatoratty said though [Smile]

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Had it happen to an old Sparco and they sent me a new zipper which I had installed locally.

That pencil lead fix is trick!

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quote:
Originally posted by Drago:
franks and beans!

Yes, be careful or you end up like this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek3XKF2GcjE

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This actually turned out to be a bit of a pain and the solution was a little bit of most of the above...

I found out when I called Bell, they sold off that division of the company to Speedway Motors. I was given a phone number to the new owners, who first hummed and hawed and said they don't handle my suit anymore. Bell should waranty it. A few hours later I got a call back and they told me to send it to them with $50 and they'll have a new zipper sewn in.

All in all I can't complain too much. They didn't point fingers too long. The cost is fair IMHO, and I know the new owners do stand by their product name even if they don't sell the same stuff as last year.

I will try the pencil lead on the zipper this go around though and try not to break it until it's time for a new suit.
[Smile]

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This happened to me too. My temporary solution was to raise both upper and lower zippers to the top and then zip the bottom one down. That worked pretty well.

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DOUH!! [banghead]

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Keith Novak
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broke mine at VIR this weekend, called G Force, they're estimating $50-60 to replace the zipper. off it goes...

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I had the same problem. I took it to the local race shop Wine Country Motorsports. They sent the suit out and had the zipper reworked for $45.00 in less than a week. It has workied fine since then , over two years.

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