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S1/S2 interior trim clip question

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Hey everyone, 

    Quick question regarding the clips used to hold the bright/chrome strips to the doors/dash/console of an S1/S2.   Up until now I've had a small supply of the early plastic three-prong style;  those are now out, and I am now using the metal clips for the first time.   Looking at the attached photo, in relation to the trim piece itself, how do I affix the clip?   I'm assuming it's like the one on the left - want to make sure.   And if so, is it necessary to place a washer behind it, or if not necessary, does it help?   The interior is trimmed in leather;  given its thickness compared to cloth, I'm thinking that may help. 

Thanks!

Tony K.

trim clip close up.jpg


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Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1991 Esprit SE

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I had to put 3 x 1/8" washers behind mine but they rattle and vibrate at various speeds. I'm not very impressed with them personally. I fitted mine so that I put the trim on at the top and then pushed the bottom in to make it fit.


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Thank you, Paul.  Which way do the clips go?  Like on the left?


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Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1991 Esprit SE

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I don't have those clips Tony I've got the SJ replacements and on those the bit which sticks out goes at the top.


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Thank you, Pete!   :)

Got it taken care of...


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Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1991 Esprit SE

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For anyone in the future, 

 

I found these clips are the same on an early ford escort.  I bought a bunch at a much cheaper price.

 

Escort mk1 chrome clips


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Tony,

 

I am facing this same problem with leather retrim right now. Did you use washers behing the clips, or did you solve the problem in some other way?

-Jani

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Hi Jani,

  I don't remember for sure;  I experimented my way through it -- I tried using small washers on a few;  on others I lifted the leather and skimmed some off the back with a Dremel tool to make the leather thinner; and in other spots I may have also just pressed hard enough that it compressed the leather and stayed on.    I also don't remember whether I used one or two or three washers -- may have varied by how tight it was.   

    I initially used screws and nuts to fasten the clips to "test fit" them so I wouldn't have to drill a rivet for a clip that was too tight.  Once I was comfortable that it would fit, I used the rivet.  The rivet pulls with a lot of force, so make the screws tight.

    Thinking back, trying to remember, I would probably use washers throughout as a matter of course.  If they rattle like Paul's did, I would apply a tiny dab of RTV silicone to the back of the clip/on the washer with a toothpick.

I hope this helps!

-Tony 



 

 


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Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1991 Esprit SE

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