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Unread 07-18-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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ACE Engineering Hardware Issues

I have found an issue with the hardware supplied by the ACE Engineering tubular fenders http://www.aceengineeringandfab.com/...ders_p_32.html

The mounting hardware I recieved came with aluminum nutserts for 1/4x20 mouting bolts. I have found that while the fenders themselves are very stout and can take alot of abuse without bending them at all, the fenders can fairly easily be pulled from the body.

I hopefully have fixed the issue with better mounting hardware after one of my fenders was almost pulled clean off. I saw the price for the fenders has gone up quite a bit since I bought mine. ACE may have upgraded the hardware since I bought these back in 2012. If so, this if for the guys that bought these before they did. If not, I really think they should.

I would honestly take the extra step if you havent installed these yet and would go this route if you have found yourself in the same boat I a was in.

I replaced the smaller aluminum nutserts with steel 5/16x18 nusterts. These are much stouter and will hopefully advoid the same issue. This is the same size that are on my body mounted JCR sliders, and I have hit them much harder than I hit my fender and they are still intact.

All total I had to replace 5 of nutserts in one fender and in the last photo you can see the difference between the two.

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Unread 07-18-2014, 09:45 PM   #2
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i have poison spider they mount through the tub and bracket rear to two pinch seam at the front rear as well and i added many button bolts to the inner pinch. have landd rather hard against them they wont move.

i would add many to the pinch this way the main load wont be on a nut cert.


yellow is were i added
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I need to do more. Just kinda have my hands full with the Rubi at the moment lol

Was hoping to highlight an easy upgrade to the ACE stuff and let them know the hardware was alittle subpar. I need to do what you did though, I bet it would be alot stronger.
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the button bolts along the pinch is very easy. Drill and fill. If you look at the poison parts or Genright any of the ones that have the extra hardware you can get an idea how they do it. I think rear will be the easier.

Front what they do is a bit harder to replicate. they use a formed and bent plate of 1/4 steel that fits between the sheet metal and the inner front frame hoop. that is welded on then the fender is bolted through the sheet metal to that plate.

but you can look at the pics of the parts and it should help to copy.

I have never seen alloy nut certs? seems they would be an issue with dissimilar metals contacting.
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I have never seen alloy nut certs? seems they would be an issue with dissimilar metals contacting.
These are the ones I used

http://www.fastenal.com/web/products/details/0125621
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