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Old 09-01-2012, 06:59 AM
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Problem with Front Bumper (nutserts)

I have a new 2012 Black Wrangler Sahara with Hardtop. My vehicle was parked and by some freak of nature while another person was parking their car, they managed to catch the very outside of my left bumper in the right rear wheel well of their car and slightly pulled forward when they realized it (stopped and then I arrived on the scene). What they managed to accomplish was pull the plastic part (of the left front bumper) just forward enough to pull the left two nutserts completely out without damaging the bumper at all. The nutsert holes are still symmetrical (round), and just (now have) the clearance to freely push the nutserts in and out (there were no chunks of plastic or cracks from the holes). From what I can see, there are only two nutserts on the left and two on the right... the other fasteners are for the hook assemblies in the bumper. Is there a way to reinstall these? Oversize nutserts perhaps? Or I was thinking about maybe putting corrosion resistant washers on the back side that had the same inside diameter of the nutserts and crank them down giving the washer surface the bonding surface instead of the inside of the plastic bumper? The dealer doesn't know what they are, what size they are, what they're made out of, whether they can be reinstalled or have an oversize replacement. They want me to install a new one for over $400.00 which isn't a big deal money wise, but it seems ridiculous to replace something that really isn't damaged. I was wondering if anyone knew what size those fasteners were too. I'm assuming the bolts are metric and probably around M15 head (because it is the only socket I don't have)... but, not sure about the thread pitch... or diameter / length and that of the nutserts if I can't reuse them. I've worked with similar fastening systems on aircraft, but not these in particular.

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The bolts are M10, 25mm length, with a 16mm head. The thread pitch is 1.50.
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