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Old 05-25-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Nutserts!

How do I deal with these little PITAs? Trying to put on new fender flares and they are causing me quite a bit of grief. Seriously disappointed in Jeep for using these little things...

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Old 05-25-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Cut them off with a dremel and replace them with nuts and bolts

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Old 05-25-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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This is what I was figuring. Thanks
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
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Actually out working on them now and the dremel tool is working awesome, Thanks mjfitzner.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:50 AM   #5
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there is a reason they use them, when you get to the front bottom bolt on the rear flare you'll see why, the only way to get a nut on that one is to cut a hole in the sheet metal inside the jeep just remember, there is a reason the Jeep engineers do things, even if it isnt readily apparent to you.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:13 AM   #6
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there is a reason they use them, when you get to the front bottom bolt on the rear flare you'll see why, the only way to get a nut on that one is to cut a hole in the sheet metal inside the jeep just remember, there is a reason the Jeep engineers do things, even if it isnt readily apparent to you.
Lots of spots like this in out jeeps. Luxkily you can get nutserts pretty cheap
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:17 PM   #7
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You mean spinserts. I put on some bushwackers recently. I pulled out the ones that spun using a vicegrip and drilled some new holes and used sheet metal screws to secure the flare mounts. Fortunately i had enough nutserts that still functioned that i did not use all sheet metal screws to hold on any one piece. One of the holes left by the removed spinsert i was able to access so i bought some serrated flange nuts similar to those in the bushwacker kit and did not need a screw there. Yeah, the spinserts leave just an awesome hole in the sheet metal when i use the vicegrip.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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when I put on my SB tube fenders I didnt want to use sheet metal screws and the nutserts were crap, I ended up cutting a hole behind the roll bar inside the body to get washers and nuts on inside, then painting the cut metal and putting the carpet back over it, it sucked but the tubes are on very securely. sometimes you have to choose between a cpl bad ideas when doing mods.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #9
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i did a post on doing this.. hold on a bit
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #10
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:37 PM   #11
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It's really not that hard, to simply drill out the bad nutzerk, and install a fresh one.
A good drill bit will cut thru the old one in 30 seconds, and it only takes another minute or two to reinstall a new one. Provided you know what you're doing, and drill juuuuuuust enough to cause the old nut to fall into the body, without enlarging the hole.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:38 PM   #12
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So what is the trick to drilling out the old nutsert when it just spins with the bolt that has rusted inside? Every time i have tried the drill bit will just spin everything.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:30 PM   #13
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Ok so i found that in that case take a set of plyers, break the tops of the bolts off, remove the fender,and use the plyers to pull the nutsert out via the shaft left by the screw
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:31 PM   #14
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just by all means cut them out, there gonna get covered up anyways and replaced with a new nutsert.. it can get ugly sadly.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:36 PM   #15
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Kind of what i thought. Since i was replacing the flares, i just ripped the flares off over the bolt and washer and then took a vicegrip to pull out the nutsert. But when i do this i think the hole left behind might be too big for a new nutsert. So out comes the drill and sheet metal screws.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:41 PM   #16
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I used my air grinder and cut the fronts off of all the old flares and then drilled out the nutserts and if they spun, I used a vice grips. Then installed all new nutserts. Wasn't that bad and mine was a rusty 97.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #17
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I welded real nuts in place of them repaint and done never have to mess with them been doing it for years back to the cj days
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #18
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You can always add bigger nutserts with bigger screws too
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #19
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add more meat to hold them on also..
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:09 PM   #20
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Yes I weld a washer to help hold
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:22 PM   #21
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i used socket head cap screws, and fender washers
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I just went through this today installing a new set of Rubi flares on our new to us 03 Rubi that has been running a set of pocket flares. All of the nutserts for the flares were rusty and tried to seize on the flare screws and start spinning.

I back the screw out, found a nearly new looking flare screw, put a 1/4-20 nut on it and then some anti-seize. I used it to screw into each nutsert, held the nut with an open end wrench and reset them all with an 8mm wrench.

Just tighten them up until you feel them quit compressing and the back the screw out. After that, they were just like new and none of them tried to spin.

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