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Happy to see you found a fix LB. Good ol' American ingenuity wins again.
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Received the replacements today, only to discover they are too large. Apparently “1 inch” means the strap size, not the total width of the buckle. Item description doesn’t explain that. Will have to return them and pay $5.99 to do so.

Evidently, I need a 0.75”. I’m going to look at Dick’s locally before ordering online. This is why I dislike ordering anything by mail. And the return options besides take it to an REI store (there isn’t one here) require driving to the post office.

File in “People who already have a Bronco problems.”


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You can easily reach the passenger side from the driver seat top - FYI.

I’ve been messing with tightening the straps on the bottom/male buckle to alleviate some wave. Right now I just have a few butt connectors pulling the strap tighter. Makes a significant difference. I am not sure why they left so much slack…thinking changes in weather?
I saw someone else say they used butt connectors. How did you do this? Photos? Thanks!
 
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Update: I finally got the right SIZE male pieces, but I have a problem that has put my repair effort on pause.

Here is what the factory male piece looks like. Note that the middle section of the center tyne is empty.

Ford Bronco Repair in Progress: Plastic Soft Top Window Buckles IMG-2395


Here is the replacement piece. The center is solid. Thus, it will not slide into the female piece, which has a little center in it.

Ford Bronco Repair in Progress: Plastic Soft Top Window Buckles IMG-2396


I cannot find any other male piece options online that are empty in the middle and also have a way to put them on like this one does (with the screw) without cutting and sewing.

Any suggestions?
 

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Update: I finally got the right SIZE male pieces, but I have a problem that has put my repair effort on pause.

Here is what the factory male piece looks like. Note that the middle section of the center tyne is empty.

Ford Bronco Repair in Progress: Plastic Soft Top Window Buckles IMG-2396


Here is the replacement piece. The center is solid. Thus, it will not slide into the female piece, which has a little center in it.

Ford Bronco Repair in Progress: Plastic Soft Top Window Buckles IMG-2396


I cannot find any other male piece options online that are empty in the middle and also have a way to put them on like this one does (with the screw) without cutting and sewing.

Any suggestions?
Dremel?
 

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Use your choice of tool to cut/sand/file a slot in the replacement piece so it will fit. A dremel tool is one way to do it. I would use a band saw or a table saw - depends what you have available but watch your fingers!
 
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I don't have saws, and they might destroy this thing. Don't have a Dremel either. I'm leaning toward filing it. It doesn't have to be cleared out all the way down, only about 3/4.
 

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Someone ought to be 3D printing these, and shit.
 

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I had a clip break on me. Crazy brittle and defective from my perspective. I have appt for dealer next week but wanted to see if I could have a temporary fix.

I went to REI and bought the Sea To Summit field repair side release clasp. I tried both .75 and 1” and neither work.

Even after modding the center, it would not go in. The .75 male buckle is still too large overall to fit into the female part on top. But this type of buckle is exactly the type that Ford needs to provide dealers.

It is insane to have these connectors without easy replacement option. Still looking for a solution. Anyone else out there with broken connector(s)?
 

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I found a near identical match at hobby lobby - fits a little bit more snug but does clip in place.

https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-H...arachute-Cord-Signal-Whistle-Buckles/p/114398


I had a clip break on me. Crazy brittle and defective from my perspective. I have appt for dealer next week but wanted to see if I could have a temporary fix.

I went to REI and bought the Sea To Summit field repair side release clasp. I tried both .75 and 1” and neither work.

Even after modding the center, it would not go in. The .75 male buckle is still too large overall to fit into the female part on top. But this type of buckle is exactly the type that Ford needs to provide dealers.

It is insane to have these connectors without easy replacement option. Still looking for a solution. Anyone else out there with broken connector(s)?
 

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Same issue. The markings on the clip on mine indicate it is made by ITW Nexus Global. Here is what I pulled from the company web site so worth a shot to see if you can order and replace. Looks the same. Does not address the stich issue but work on that next.

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Anyone find the buckles online? One of mine broke as well.
 

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Has anyone had any luck finding a place to order the ITW Nexus replacements? I do not have a problem, rather I would like to make a hanging storage rack in my garage to hand the windows when i have them off.
 

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I know this thread is a little old. I am in the same bind with two broken buckles on my soft top windows. But I bought these 5/8 2 pin Sea to Summit buckles from Bass Pro Shop and used a compact hack saw and was able to file down the middle park of the clip and it fits into the female piece of the window!!! It’s not pretty but it works!!!
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