Repairing a Partially Broken GoPro Frame

gopro housing repair - broken pivot

GoPro Frames are incredibly tough, but given the abuse they’re put through, sometimes things break.  In my case, I was taking my GoPro tripod mount off of my tripod mount, when I noticed that one of the polycarbonate pivots was broken.  I was quite happy to have found this before I lost my camera, but a repair was in order.

To frame everything up to glue the pivot in place, I first figured out how the broken piece would normally fit.  I then added a small amount of Gorilla Glue (Amazon) to the moistened broken surface.  As shown below, I inserted the tightening screw and placed the tripod adapter on top to keep everything in place while the glue dried.

gopro housing repair - tripod mount fixture for gluing

I’ve been really impressed with this type of adhesive, and the bond has yet to break after several uses.  Edit: The pivot was intact when I originally wrote this, but after the GoPro Ladder toss experiment, it finally decided to crack again. I’m guessing things would have been harder if both polycarbonate pivots had broken, but since it was only one, this method worked quite nicely.

Incidentally, if you weren’t convinced, this make a good case for the Floaty Back Door during marine use, since if your pivots break, most of the time your attachment is toast.

8 thoughts on “Repairing a Partially Broken GoPro Frame

  1. Marcin says:

    Only way to fix it is:
    cutoff pivots and sand rest of it until you get flat surface there
    take 1/4″ thread to gopro double pivot adapter
    take 1/4″nut
    drill hole 1/4″ dia
    mount all and seal

  2. Dan Harker says:

    My Hero4 Silver housing snapped like this. What I ended up doing was with the following for maximum structural support. Glue alone doesn’t fare well the any kind of shearing force.

    – large gauge paperclip
    – wire cutters
    – 1/16 drill bit (slightly larger than the paperclip)
    – drill press & clamp
    – plastic epoxy
    – thin sharpie

    1) match up the broken prong to the housing
    2) use the sharpie to mark 2 or 3 lines on both the housing and broken prong along the crack as drill guidelines. I marked two lines on one side of the screw hole and one on the other.
    3) securely clamp the prong and make sure it’s level. You don’t want it moving.
    4) slowly drill into the prong along the guidelines
    5) repeat 3 & 4 for the housing
    6) re-piece the prong with the housing to make sure they line up. You may have to do some milliing with the press.
    7) cut the paperclip to size so the pieces fit in the holes when the housing and prong are pieces together.
    8) take everything apart again
    9) mix the epoxy and jam it in all of the holes. I used a flathead screw driver to “rub” it in.
    10) coat the paperclip pieces with epoxy as well
    11) out it all back together, clamp it solid and remove ALL excess epoxy. Excess will lead to a lot of attempted sanding work between the pivot prongs.
    12) after it sets and dries for about an hour, carefully work an accessory fitting into the housing until the holes line up. Do this a few times to rub away any reminant epoxy.
    13) go film cool stuff again

    • Jeremy Cook says:

      Very cool, thanks for sharing! Do you have pictures of your repair? If so, I’d love to turn your fix into a full post.

  3. Edmon says:

    Thanks for the post.
    Can you share which glue exactly you used for this fix? Is the one of the link to Amazon? Thanks!

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