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Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

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Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by Sardine » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:45 pm

I've been trying to undo this eyelet in a V50 wagon boot without success. Does anybody know how? Levering the plastic cover off with reasonable force does not seem to work, any harder I'm afraid the thing will just break.
The same eyelet can be found in V70 as well.
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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by oragex » Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:31 pm

Just a guess.. maybe try to rotate it

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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by Sardine » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:53 pm

Well Oragex, I've just tried your guess. The thing just does not rotate, neither left nor right.

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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by volvolugnut » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:59 pm

Did you try to pry off the surround (square outside) or the part covering the metal? I don't know but it seems likely under the plastic covering the metal tie down, there would be a bolt to anchor the metal ring.
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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by Sardine » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:21 pm

Yes, that's the bit I've been trying to take off. There has got to be a bolt underneath securing the metal eyelet to the frame. The plastic cover is in the way and I can't lever it off no matter how hard I tried. Perhaps it's time to get the dremmel out and cut the plastic cover into 2 halves.

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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by Sardine » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:04 pm

Success finally.
The plastic covering is actually two pieces, an inner piece that has to be levered off first, and an outer piece that can not be levered off. You just have to undo the bolt.
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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by volvolugnut » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:00 am

For the record, does the top of inner plastic need to be pried loose first or last? It appears this is a case where a really good light could reveal the gaps in the plastic parts and give a clue how to disassemble.
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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by Sardine » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:48 pm

I did the bottom first, that could be the reason for the broken right hook. The top is probably more logical but it has to be levered downward first, not outward. There might not be enough yield in the plastic bit for it to move downward though, unless the bottom was removed by levering upward and outward first.
I still have another eyelet to undo, I will tell you later.

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Re: Undoing a tailgate eyelet load retainer.

Post by Sardine » Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:40 pm

I just undid the other one. It's definitely easier bottom first.
This is the back of the eyelet, showing why trying to lever out the outer plastic bit is not going to work.
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