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Jacket Zipper replacement in Brisbane

Discussion in 'Businesses and Service Providers' at netrider.net.au started by hopeless, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. Dies anyone know of a good leather worker or whatever around brisbane north that could replace a zipper in my RST jacket? its 3 yrs old and yes I could replace it but its really comfy. Rrcently the blasted zipper started popping open while riding and is a pain in the arse to get undone.


  2. Is it a plastic or metal runner ? ( the slidey bit )
    Normally the problem is that the runner has spread or worn down so that it's not closing the teeth fully any more.
    When you are riding the teeth move that little bit more and then the zip pops open.

    If it's metal then you can reprofile it.
    Get a pair of adjustable pliers and carefully close up the sides of the runner a little.
    Like 0.5 mm. Enough to hold against the teeth but not enough to jam it on them.
    Do it bit by bit on each side until you get a nice firm action again and both sides are evenly tense.
    As long as the runner is not corroded then you can usually do this a couple of times before you need to replace the runner.

    If it's plastic then you have to replace the runner.
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  3. ^ ^
    That's assuming that none of the teeth are missing or particularly worn / damaged.
  4. Its mwtal so I'll give that a go first, teeth look fine so worth a shot.
    Thanks for the reply.
  5. I'm also curious about this as I have a leather jacket and pants, different brands, which I'd like to zip together. Everyone I talked to was too scared to try. Dry cleaners are too pussy to work on leather as it will break their needles, and the shoe repair places in shopping centres thought he could try but he might wreck the fabric lining so he wussed out.
  6. The standard for most heavy duty applications is #10 moulded tooth zip.
    The better the gear the more likely it is to be a YKK brand.
    The cheaper the gear, the smaller the tooth size.
    Do you have both halves of the zip ?

    Try a different boot maker. Unless there is a specialist leather technician up there somewhere most other places won't have a machine or needle that can handle the leather. A saddler is another possibility, or Shade Sail manufacturer / repairer. Unless you have both halves of the zip then they need to be careful matching them up. There are 3 or 4 different shapes and offsets that I see regularly.
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  7. Hi-Side leather repair
    Micks Fix
    Stitch Smith

    All good. Trust them all with race suits

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  8. Thanks for the replies guys. I did the squeeze with pliers and it appears to have worked No popped zipper today.:eek:
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