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Old 09-30-2008, 01:01 PM   #1
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Problems with the loops that hold on the door straps

I bought my 2001 about a month ago, and the person before me had to drill new holes in the door to reposition the loops as one of the bolts on each door snapped in half. I for the life of me, cannot get this bolt to stay in the new hole. Has anybody else experienced these loops ripping off of the doors, and if so do you have any recommendations? I've tried using apoxy on the bolt and that lasted about a day. My next idea was going to be soldering it, but I don't know if that is strong enough. I wasn't too keen on the idea of welding it, but I may have to. I would just have to take off the interior door panel first. Which reminds me, sometimes I cannot unlock the drivers side door from the inside. The lock seems to have been pushed in a little, and can't get it back out.

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Old 09-30-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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What you are looking for is an expandable nut cert, look at your fender flares, jeep uses them, they go in like a pop rivet only they are threaded inside for a bolt. They use bigger ones in the frame to hold the belly pan up to the frame too. You basically stick it in the correct sized hole, squeeze the tool and it expands into the hole and locks in.
I had one of those footman loops break off on my drivers door one day when the wind caught it, I was able to use a left hand drill to drill it out and about half way in the remainder of both bolts came out the rest of the way.

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Old 09-30-2008, 04:42 PM   #3
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thanks for the tip rich. I was thinking along the lines of a wall sink, I just didn't know they had them for metal. I'll have to go to autozone later and pick up 4 of these.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:38 PM   #4
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I've never seen them at an auto parts store, I got a bag of them from a jeep dealer and they were about $3 each.
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