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Old 01-10-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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Front bumper tow hook bolts

When I bought my jeep over the summer, one of the bolts holding one of the tow hooks was missing. I got another bolt yesterday and tried putting it in, only to realize the "nut" to screw it in is missing. (Without the "nut" or whatever it is that you screw it into like the other 3, the bolt just slides in and out of the hole)

Anyone know what that "nut" piece is that I need? Is it something I can buy at Lowes, or would I need to go to a salvage yard and pull off an old jeep?
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:52 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure it's a "nutsert". Basically its a nut that is tack welded to the inside of the frame. Going to a junkyard would be no good. You could go to lowes etc pick up some grade 8 nut to fit the bolt and weld it in there yourself, but the bumper is going to need to come off in order to gain access.

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Makes sense. Thanks
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:17 PM   #4
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You could drill a couple of small holes in the bumper next to the bolt hole then puddle weld the nut. It would save you having to remove the bumper.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:04 AM   #5
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Just asking, but your bolt is long enough to reach the threads through the hook, right?
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:14 AM   #6
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Anyone know where to find nutserts? I tried Lowes and Tractor Supply and couldnt actually find nutserts. I guess I'll just use a normal nut



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Just asking, but your bolt is long enough to reach the threads through the hook, right?
Yeah. It's the same length as the other bolts
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:19 AM   #7
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It's just a nut welded in place. You could get a nut that fits the bolt. Pull the bumper stick it under the hole then JB weld it or epoxy it in place That way it stays put when you thread the bolt into it while the bumper blocks a wrench from holding it still. Hope that helps. Good luck.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:25 AM   #8
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You need a longer bolt. Make sure the bolt you use for this purpose is nothing less than a Grade 5 though the stronger Grade 8 is strongly recommended. A common grade bolt is not strong enough for this job.
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Anyone know where to find nutserts? I tried Lowes and Tractor Supply and couldnt actually find nutserts. I guess I'll just use a normal nut

Do not use a nutsert! They are soft metal, meant to be deformed during insertion. They will easily deform again and pull out, or strip under load.

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