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Old 11-27-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Creating your own NutSert Installation tool for about $2 in any size

Creating your own NutSert Installation tool for about $2 in any size

Recently I was installing some Crusher Corners from Poison Spyder Customs and one of the rear installation bolts needed either a nutsert or a large hole cut into the tub. I chose the nutsert method as I didn't want a huge hole in the tub but realized that in the large size of the installation bolt I had no way of setting the nutsert.

Luckily I also had the installation kit for the TrailGate which included a provided nutsert kit for both of the sizes of nutserts that were included in that kit but unluckily it wasn't the right size.



After a quick look it seemed like a pretty simple construction:



After a trip to our local True Value hardware store I had the parts to build my own which ended up working pretty well.

The parts to build your own are:
1) Grade 8 half treaded bolt that fits in the nutsert. For mine it was a course thread which surprised me.
2) 2 Washers that fit the bolt. Try to get these as close fitting as you can. Mine was a bit loose and although it worked, it marred the surface of the nutsert a bit.
3) A Coupler that is larger than the bolt that allows the bot to fit through. This will be your holding spot with a large wrench to push down the nutsert onto.



Once you put it together it should look like this.



This worked really well to set those nutserts. A few lessons from the experience I had: It works better with 2 people so one can be focused with the large wrench and keeping everything straight. Otherwise, the nutsert ends up at a weird angle which causes everything to be difficult from there. Don't go crazy with the tightening. You just need to set it not crush it beyond recognition. I found that if you tighten it too much then the threads get a bit bungled which again makes things more difficult.

Good luck.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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Creating your own NutSert Installation tool for about $2 in any size

Recently I was installing some Crusher Corners from Poison Spyder Customs and one of the rear installation bolts needed either a nutsert or a large hole cut into the tub. I chose the nutsert method as I didn't want a huge hole in the tub but realized that in the large size of the installation bolt I had no way of setting the nutsert.

Luckily I also had the installation kit for the TrailGate which included a provided nutsert kit for both of the sizes of nutserts that were included in that kit but unluckily it wasn't the right size.



After a quick look it seemed like a pretty simple construction:



After a trip to our local True Value hardware store I had the parts to build my own which ended up working pretty well.

The parts to build your own are:
1) Grade 8 half treaded bolt that fits in the nutsert. For mine it was a course thread which surprised me.
2) 2 Washers that fit the bolt. Try to get these as close fitting as you can. Mine was a bit loose and although it worked, it marred the surface of the nutsert a bit.
3) A Coupler that is larger than the bolt that allows the bot to fit through. This will be your holding spot with a large wrench to push down the nutsert onto.



Once you put it together it should look like this.



This worked really well to set those nutserts. A few lessons from the experience I had: It works better with 2 people so one can be focused with the large wrench and keeping everything straight. Otherwise, the nutsert ends up at a weird angle which causes everything to be difficult from there. Don't go crazy with the tightening. You just need to set it not crush it beyond recognition. I found that if you tighten it too much then the threads get a bit bungled which again makes things more difficult.

Good luck.
Use anti seize on the bolt. It wont gull up the treads.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:01 PM   #3
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Yep. I didn't have any problems with the grade 8 but the fasteners were stainless and learned about the anti seize quickly the hard way when I put those in.
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richsipe,

Great article!! Thanks for letting us know.

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Please excuse the noob. But if I am understanding this correctly, and want to switch to these when I take off my fender flares for painting, I would want to use this method to insert these nutserts into the holes on the sheet metal of the fender, correct? Then bolt and washer goes into the nursert with the finished flare
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This is a great setup for field repairs, But! and this is a big one! If you are going to install flares or anything with that many Nutserts, use a good tool(you can rent them) your hands will thank you when you get older. You can ask many of us who did it , how our hands are doing now and you will know why I say this...get the tool! or rent it...or get together with a group and all chip in on it....
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The reason I was gonna try it this way is because I'm not much of an off-roader. I can't afford it lol I'm just wanting to paint my flares and put them back on. But thanks and I'll check around for one I can rent just to make it easier.

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