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Best Method for Repairing Broken Bar Mounts for Top Head Strap on CV1

bzowkbzowk Posts: 21
Brain Burst
Hey Guys - 

I've had my Rift CV1 since way before the touch controllers were released and love it.  A couple of weeks ago, the connector on the Rift which the top head strap loops through broke off :(.  There's a little rod which can normally be removed from two small mounts, but the issue is that the mounts on both sides are what broke off from the headset at the spots where i have arrows below...


Beyond purchasing an entire new headset, what (if any) suggestions or workarounds does anyone have to resolve this?  I've already tried superglue, Bondic, and a combination of the two; but that only lasts an hour or two at most.  I'm thinking of a different type of adhesive, replacement frame (w/o electronics if even offered), 3d printed part, or alternative method of attaching a head strap.

Thanks!

Comments

  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,780 Valuable Player
    edited April 26
    I've just looked at mine and it does look like something that could quite easily snap. I would think about mounting something on the top of the headset, but I'm not sure what would allow something to stick there. i'm not sure if hot glue or something else would be strong enough.

    I'd like to see if someone has a proper fix even though I don't have this problem myself.

    Edit: Could you maybe wrap something around the top & bottom of the headset like strong string. Then have the Oculus strap looping around the string? Or instead of string some long plastic ties would be better.
  • bzowkbzowk Posts: 21
    Brain Burst
    Appreciate the reply and comments...

    Yea, im surprised I couldn't find more people with the issue.  Would hot glue be more adhesive than super glue?  I searched a bit more and am considering "plastic welding" where you basically melt both pieces with a soldering iron to reconnect them.  With such small parts im tedious, so still looking.  Would assume you'd need good temp control and dont have similar plastic to test with.

    If anyone else has ideas, please advise -

    Thanks
  • MAC_MAN86MAC_MAN86 Posts: 2,262
    Wintermute
    Ask @TomCgcmfc , he has never had any issues with Oculus stuff and never goes out apparently ;)
  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 2,005 Valuable Player
    MAC_MAN86 said:
    Ask @TomCgcmfc , he has never had any issues with Oculus stuff and never goes out apparently ;)
    What’s wrong with Tom?

    he seems a great guy
    Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are. 
  • MAC_MAN86MAC_MAN86 Posts: 2,262
    Wintermute
    I don't know what is wrong with him either?
  • EldraadEldraad Posts: 31
    Brain Burst
    I would suggest that you 3d print (or have printed by someone) a larger version of the broken area, or a rework of it, and firmly glue it to the rift very close to the original spot (on the outer shell). Goop works quite well for things like that. I built a few things for tracking and modifying head straps when I was playing with VR and a cell phone and they held up fine.
  • EldraadEldraad Posts: 31
    Brain Burst
    Another way would be to use a small bit of aluminum that is in the shape of a U, drill two holes for the Bar and use a small nut and bolt for the Pin and Paint it black. depending on the job you do it might not be noticed.
  • KingGelbinKingGelbin Posts: 3
    NerveGear
    edited May 1
    Mine has broken multiple times. If you have all the pieces you can glue it all back together with gorilla glue but rest assured....it will break again. It's a faulty design to begin with. My next step will be to take a ring (like the ones you find on a dog collar) and attach it to the top of the mask. I can make a small base to hold the ring using any kind of plastic and gorilla glue. You can also use a acrylic denture repair kit if you can still find them. The kit comes with a powdered acrylic resin and a liquid activator solution. By mixing both together you can easily form your own components. Once the mix is set you can drill it, sand it and then set it in place either using hot glue or gorilla glue. I promise it will work for I am the gnome king and I just love to tinker.
  • bzowkbzowk Posts: 21
    Brain Burst
    edited August 30
    Hey Guys - 

    Sorry for late reply, but good suggestions.  As KingGelbin suggested, I've used super glue to fix it, but as mentioned; it's only temporary.  I think you are on the right track with the ring idea.  Have you ever used Bondic before?  It's a tube of gel which instantly cures into a hard plastic via UV light which I use it for many things around the house and probably much easier (and stronger) than the denture suggestion.  Although great for creating / rebuilding plastic, unfortunately it doesn't act as an adhesive therefore had to use along with super glue.

    Any additional suggestions or ideas given the above would certainly be appreciated.

    Hope gnomes are well :)

    Thanks 
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,780 Valuable Player
    Would JB weld original be strong enough.
  • bzowkbzowk Posts: 21
    Brain Burst
    Not sure about JBWeld & similar as although I've used it for multiple things in the past, I'm not sure about its adhesive properties with plastic.  Worst case, you could do what I did with Bondic and mold what you want with JBWeld then use something like super glue to attach / secure it.  Open to better suggestions if anyone has any.  Thanks
  • jabjab Posts: 209
    Nexus 6
    edited September 1
    Nothing beats a proper 2 component epoxy, but stay away from the 5min quick fix types for the best strength. But no glue is better than the preparation done to the glue surface. Make sure it's clean and rough it a little with sand paper. Making sure you have some type of clamp to keep constant pressure on the joint until the glue sets is also essential.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,780 Valuable Player
    edited September 1
    bzowk said:
    Not sure about JBWeld & similar as although I've used it for multiple things in the past, I'm not sure about its adhesive properties with plastic.  Worst case, you could do what I did with Bondic and mold what you want with JBWeld then use something like super glue to attach / secure it.  Open to better suggestions if anyone has any.  Thanks
    I've used it for plastic. I used it to fix the plastic arm on my glasses and they have never broken since. Here take look at this video for it's strength. I don't think you will get anything stronger, but that's not to say it will work. I can't see super glue working well at all tbh.



  • jabjab Posts: 209
    Nexus 6
    edited September 1
    That video is ok, but for optimal strength you want to apply pressure during the curing so that the surfaces are touching tightly and there is only a thin layer of epoxy filling the micro structure gaps between them. This will make for a much stronger bond then just sticking them together in a big glob of glue.
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