When attaching armor with grommets

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    When attaching armor with grommets

    SO I have read thought the threads on armor attachment and I think I am going to grommet method, however I have a little problem. I've searched and serached, but I can't seem to find the size grommets most people use. Can someone please tell me the size grommets you use for armor attachment?

    Thanks.

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    I can't remember the size I used but I has the screws in hand when I bought the grommets. So I picked a size that allowed the thread of the screw to pass through but not the head. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    Take alook at this old thread... just saw it myself now!

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f20/i...ets-vest-2825/

    Looks like the grommets are pretty big... they definitely used washers to keep it in place. The large grommets might allow for better movement of the plates on the vest?

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    From this thread Daz -Bobamnaker
    Attaching Armour : Tutorial
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f25/a...utorial-20322/

    I hope this helps you, Leo

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    Bobamaker's Tutorial is what I used, with no problems at all. I just used cardboard templates and followed the steps. The grommets I used are about 3/4" in diameter and I used washers as well ...hope that helps

    Attaching Armour : Tutorial
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f25/a...utorial-20322/

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    SCIENCE said: View Post
    Bobamaker's Tutorial is what I used, with no problems at all. I just used cardboard templates and followed the steps. The grommets I used are about 3/4" in diameter and I used washers as well ...hope that helps

    Attaching Armour : Tutorial
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f25/a...utorial-20322/
    Wow. I wasn't thinking 3/4 inch. I'm glad I asked this question I was going to go with something like 5/32 ...

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    I'm sure you could go smaller (it's really just what I had on hand) - The main thing is to make sure the heads of the bolts are bigger than the opening in the grommets (or use washers) otherwise when you tighten the bolts, pressure is put on the back of your armor and will put stress on your epoxy or JBweld and potentially pull the bolt off the armor. Good Luck!

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    I don't think there's a right or wrong. You don't see it, so as long as it works for you and holds the plates it shouldn't really matter.

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    I agree with Stormtrooperguy, whatever works for you. I just chose the grommet and bolt method for the fact that it was real secure. But keep in mind, it will add weight to your flack vest. If I were to do it again, I would maybe explore velcro. Sewing on velcro to the flack vest just seemed like more work for me than the grommets..... (I'm horrible at sewing, and I think my significant other was fed up with helping me with all the other soft parts for my Fett)...hahaha.

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    Not sure if this thread was posted above, but also check out BBF's thread as well. He used 3/16 grommets and machine screws etc.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f25/a...s-1-2-a-35485/

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    Has anyone thought about using snaps? I think this is a strong solution and won't poke you through your jumpsuit.

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    Snaps are pretty common. The problem with snaps and velcro is that the armor then is raised up a bit off the vest, due to the thickness of the connectors. With the bolts/grommets, the armor is REALLY tight to the vest, which gives it a really nice look.

    I was lazy, I didn't even use grommets. I just punched holes and put the bolts through and big washers on the insides.

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    Re: When attaching armor with grommets

    What about using aluminum sheeting for the plates, countersunk blind rivets and snaps to hold it to the under vest? Thats what I'm probably gonna do with my next set.

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