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Old 07-05-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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stripped skid plate frame threads

Hey, for a while ive had a couple of the thread holes that hold up the skid plate stripped. Ive pulled the plate and tryed to address it but didnt get far. It seems theres some kind of insert with threads in it that is put in the frame hole and tacked in, is there any way i can replace them, i already cut stripped ones hole and ready for new ones if they exist on the market. anyone know a solution for my problem? Any help would be awesome, thanks

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Old 07-05-2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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Try utilizing a hex shaped thread chaser (not a tap) to fix the old ones. If they are not salavagable, I'm sure you can get replacements from your dealer.
Anytime I take corroded hardware off a vehicle I run the threaded parts through a chaser and replace them with a thick grease so they dont seize again. A better alternative would be to replace the plate with zinc coated, galavanized, brass or stainless steel hardware.
Living in the rust belt really sucks when it comes to under the car work.

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Old 07-05-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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i dont think the dealer would have something in stock that was welded. I cut the welded inserts out already and now left with big holes on the bottom of the frame where the bolt should run through. But who knows, maybe dealer might have something, i do some searching
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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could you just get the correct size nut weld it to a new plate then weld that over the spot you removed and be done???
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:22 PM   #5
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yes, i could but i want to hear what others do cause there might be a better and stronger way of fixing this problem. I dont want to rush into this and regret it later like a lot of things ive done to my jeep.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:26 PM   #6
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What the shop did for me was; Insert a 3/4" nut that had a washer on one side of it. You insert it so the nut goes in the hole and the washer is on the outside and weld the washer to the frame. I'm not sure what you call this nut bit the washer and nut are one piece sort of a lock nut. They are used on Jeep suspensions. Its an easy fix if you have a welder. I've done a few of mine since I saw the shop do one. On a YJ they originally didnt even use nuts, but rather a threaded washer. And the strip very easy.

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Old 07-05-2008, 09:33 PM   #7
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i cut one of my bolts and it still sits there.. its the middle nut/bolt.. so i believe 5 bolts would be ok.. but sucks to know its there and if another bolt on the same size go, i will be screwed.
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you need to go to the dealership they can get you some replacement bolts
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you need to go to the dealership they can get you some replacement bolts
If only it were that easy. It's not the bolts that are bad, it's the threaded insert inside the frame that has broken loose from its weld.

The only real fix is to cut open the frame next to the bad frame insert, cut it out, and weld in a replacement and then weld a plate over the opening that was cut. It's not an easy fix.
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If only it were that easy. It's not the bolts that are bad, it's the threaded insert inside the frame that has broken loose from its weld.

The only real fix is to cut open the frame next to the bad frame insert, cut it out, and weld in a replacement and then weld a plate over the opening that was cut. It's not an easy fix.
I know its the thread insert and you can buy them at the dealership you dont have to cut a hole in the frame

there was a thread somewhere that someone had to replace his thread inserts
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What kind of tools do you have? I would get a small plate 1" by 2" by 3/8" thick, drill it, tap it and then weld all around the plate. This way you have more area than just a small nut. (similar to 3/8" tcase drop) You can also just get 2 long plates of steel, drill tap and weld them along the frame.

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