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Old 11-08-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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A buddy gave me his take off original running boards. My jeep has the 1/2" holes in the frame that match the hole pattern but there is no way to nut it from inside the frame. Most of you have removed these and installed rock guards, are there inserts that go in the holes to bolt on a stock running board???

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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When I removed my running boards on my 98 Sport,the nuts stayed on the frame,like they were welded on the inside

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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My '98 came stock without boards, so my frame is like yours. I'm looking at the same situation but have not found a set of boards to put on mine yet. Have read on this site that the OEM installed running boards had WELDNUTS in the frame ....but for add-on boards now, we'll need ''NUTCERTS''. So now we must do our homework for the correct ones.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:16 PM   #4
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Thanks Bill, I forgot that we have a Lawson product at our shop (I work at a Link Belt dealership) Its not called nutcerts but sounds like the same thing. Screw the instert on a rivit gun like device, stick it in the hole, pull the trigger and its in. Running boards now on, Thanks again.

BTW..... I see take off running boards on Craig's list often, $50.00 or less.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:19 PM   #5
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My Sahara had nutserts in these holes.
My old Sport had only holes without nutserts there.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:49 AM   #6
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I just went through this with an Add-A-Trunk, which uses similar components. They are often called nutserts or well nuts on the boards, but I believe that the catalog actually refers to them as rivet nuts.

Given a bolt, a couple of washers, a standard nut, and the right technique, you can make an improvised rig that will install them at home, but it won't necessarily be pretty. You're far better off using the correct tool to maintain alignment for a nice, clean result. The trouble is that it isn't easy to find one of these tools. Most Jeep service departments or body shops probably have what you need, and it might be worth your trouble to see if you can't borrow it, or just have them do the install for you, since botched rivet nuts are going to set you back $3 or more, each.

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Old 11-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #7
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I just called the local dealer about this since I'm having the same issue....rivnuts, rivet nuts are 6 bucks a piece. Multiplied by 16..... Not counting the tool needed to install them.
The nut size is 8mmx1.25, the bolts are 8mmx1.25x25. The problem for me is the lip size of the nut and exactly which tool to use...there are several options.
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Guys... I used 3/8" x 16 NUTSERTS with large flanges on my install for the frame.... 1/4"x20 NUTSERTS on the body....

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/inst...l-k-98799.html



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Old 11-04-2011, 11:48 AM   #9
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The stock running boards on my 06' have u shaped bolts that thread through the frame, so one bolt goes through both holes with threads on both ends.. Not sure how they got them in at the factory, or how to get them out, so I just tighten the bolts when I take of the steps to keep them from falling off.
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This is going to be a dumb question but this is my situation and I dont want to grind off the bolt.

My passenger side running board has a nut rivet that spins inside the frame. The bolt was put in by my jeeps previous owner and he apparently couldnt get it out. How in the hell do I pop the nut insert from the frame seeing as how theres no way to get inside the tube that the nut resides in!
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:54 AM   #11
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I have .503 nutserts for sale. 1.25ea. The dealer wanted 3.50ea so I had to buy 100 to get the price. I used 8 on my running boards and sold 8. The USPS was about 3.00 for 8 I believe. They take a standard 5/16 uss thread bolt. They come for different thickness metals. These are for the frame thickness. There is a tool to install them or you can use a bolt,nut and washer.
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