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Old 05-27-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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broke frame bolt nut for front bumper

sooooo i wanted to throw the winch on tonight real quick so we could head out tomorrow morning. Well I'm in the process of getting a new bumper (hense winch off) and our stock bumper was bent by PO. I've had trouble getting the bolts in before but this is a first. I was screwing the one in and it wouldn't go in right (on the damaged side). I kept tightening then all of the sudden it snapped. i thought i snapped the bolt but no, i looked underneath where the bolt screws into (that circular bar part of the frame). It turns out there's a nut that was up in there. Welded or what I don't know but I ripped it out of place now it's hanging down and the bolt is attached. SO! My first idea was to find somebody to weld that back in there for me but I'm pretty sure that's near impossible. So better idea: I was going to find 2 grade 8 washers and stack them, get a new longer grade 8 bolt and get the nut off. then send the bolt through, put the washers on and attach the nut to the end of that. My only concern is now that bolt needs to rely on 2 washers cause the tube is circular obviously. I'm guessing in a serious winching situation the washers might bend and leave the bolt stuck (again). What do you think?

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
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Re weld the nut on and get a new bumper.

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:06 AM   #3
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Re weld the nut on and get a new bumper.
+1 that's what I had to do as well
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:53 PM   #4
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so you you think someone can get in that tiny hole and weld the nut back in?? I seems i can't even see into it let alone get any material in there. I don't have a welder my buddy does I'll see what he thinks. I have a bumper already on the way. thanks
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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Is this the bolt/nut that you're referring to?
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:50 PM   #6
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yeah that's the nut, it popped out and it's just hanging free now on the bolt
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:27 PM   #7
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Yeah. I would prob weld from the top though. Drop a bolt in get the nut on it. Then back the bolt out of the hole while using something to hold the nut up in position. Not sure what you could use. Vise grips or something. Then use a small rod to weld it or of mig they make different handles tips I think. Def would be easier with an arc tho. Might have to do a tap for the threads after too depends how sloppy the weld is.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:47 PM   #8
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Re-welding that nut or a new one is what I would prefer,(if it was my Jeep), but I'm not sure how it could be done. Welding from the bottom, inside the tube looks like it would be a PITA, if it's even possible. Maybe it can be welded from the top? It's been too long since I replaced my bumper and I don't have any pictures of what it looks like without the it. But the top of that tube is flat, so FWIW, you could find a spacer or stack enough washers (because of the gap between the frame & the tube) to be even with the inside top/flat part of the tube and then add a larger washer or cut a piece of 1/4" flat stock to fit. Then just use a longer bolt & nut.

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