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Unread 08-21-2004, 02:02 PM   #1
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Skid thread stripped -- Helicoil or ???

I have one hole stripped for my skid. My first thought is a helicoil. But then figured with my body lift I could easily drill through the top of the frame rail and run a longer bolt with a nut up top.

Thoughts or any other ideas?

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Jack

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Unread 08-21-2004, 02:16 PM   #2
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If you can drill thru then that would be cheaper than Helicoil but double check and make sure there are no wires or anything else in the way.
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Unread 08-21-2004, 02:26 PM   #3
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Just get a tap and retap it. It should work fine.
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Unread 08-21-2004, 03:06 PM   #4
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Just get a tap and retap it. It should work fine.
Yeah, thought of that too and tried it, but there's not enough material left to tap...
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Tap it a little bigger and get a new bolt. It is 1/2", try one size bigger.
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Unread 08-21-2004, 04:18 PM   #6
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I don't know if this is 100% true, but it makes sense to me:

If you drill all the way through the fram, then tighten a nut and bolt to it, you will wind up weakening the frame. So I hear. Something about it compresses the frame, then you think the bolt is loose, so you tighten it more down the road, etc etc. Ultimatly, it is bad for the frame.

Can anyone verify this?
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Unread 08-21-2004, 07:21 PM   #7
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Thanks guys -- I decided to do it right and bought the helicoil kit. First repair is pretty expensive, but all the rest will be cheap

Anybody in the Bay Area needs a 1/2x13 helicoiled, I got the stuff to do it
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