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Unread 09-11-2013, 02:01 AM   #1
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Frame Nut for Skid Plate

Hey Jeepers!

Replaced the tranny mounts and torque arm today which inevitably involves a sawzall . I had to cut one of the skid plate bolts off and the other half of the bolt pushed through into the frame (nut and all). Although being a YJ owner i've found this is merely less weight to lug around, im curious as to some of your solutions to getting a nut back on the frame again.

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Unread 09-11-2013, 05:26 AM   #2
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Only way is to weld in new ones.
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Unread 09-11-2013, 05:28 AM   #3
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another is to run a bolt all the way through to the top of the frame and put a nut on top
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Nut serts are completely worthless IMHO. Why put something back that did not work in the first place. Might as well use torx bolts to hold it place.

My advice is to drill a hole for a factory bolt size grade 8 nut. Take said grade 8 nut and weld it to a 1/8 piece of steel with a hole big enough for the bolt to go thru. Make the steel the same width as the frame and an inch or so on either side of the nut. Then bolt it to the skid plate. Mount plate and tack weld new steel plate to the frame after the skid plate is all fitted. Then remove the skid plate and solid weld new 1/8 plate to the frame. Paint, reinstall skid and enjoy.

You can use washers on the other bolts to space the plate down to level all of it out or do all 6 bolts this way.

It's more work but way better later if the plate ever needs to come off again. Changed all mine to 1/2" grade 8 bolts. But that's not needed.

If you don't have access to a welder then I guess you can try a new nut sert but another one will probably break out at another time. I broke 4 of 6 on mine.
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Thanks guys! Im not a fan of nutserts either. Unfortunately i'm sans welder, but brewskis can go a far ways...
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You can use these, welding required..

http://www.mcmaster.com/#weld-nuts/=ogocc6
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You can use these, welding required..

http://www.mcmaster.com/#weld-nuts/=ogocc6
Those would work great. Welded from the outside so no issues. Basically what I made only smaller and simpler. In my case I a lot of rust so the larger plates made it easier to fix
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Unread 09-11-2013, 01:38 PM   #9
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I drilled holes in the top of the frame and ran a 6 inch grade 8 bolt through (nut on skid plate side) with 2 washers on each side. I did all 6 like this. I read some threads that said I might run into problems on the trails when flexing my jeep but I don't offroad more than some light trails without much flex so Ive had 3000 problem free miles so far. and it was really easy to get the skid plate off when I did my clutch
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