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I have a Coastar VTR-95RA tripod. Three flip locks cracked

Three of the flip locks are cracked and the legs tend to slip down whils I am using it. Is there any where I can purchase new flip locks?

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    I have a coastar red accent vtr-95ra tripod. lost the quick release, can anyone help???

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Coastar has been out of business for at least 15 years, I do not know of anyone that has those parts since Coastar used shut down and went away. Unfortunately that tripod is no longer usable, unless you can find another with something else broken aned scavage the parts you need. Be careful to mathc the model numbers exactly as there were several different models starting with VTR-9... and they may not all be interchangeable.

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