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post #1 of 6 Old 10-10-2019, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Front Skid Plate ... nut strips?

I have a 2000 XJ Classic and just recently came into gas tank and front factory skid plates (from a '99). Mine has a trailer hitch, so I have the existing nutserts for the rears, but there's nothing in the front.

To attach the front skid plate, *are* there nutserts?

There's no bolts welded in place, no nuts welded in place, just open holes ... both along the front rail under the bumper and in the spots over above the axle that have holes to attach the skid plate. Other option I guess is that I just get roughly correctly sized bolts and nuts and bolt it in place ... but that seems a little "loosey goosey" for a skid plate.

I can find tons of info on the rear nut strips and how to install the rear skid (still hoping mine works with both the hitch and the skid, we'll see), but not finding much on the front skid (still searching for the transfer case plate as well eventually).

Editing to ask ... is it rivnuts for all those empty holes? Is that what's supposed to be there?


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post #2 of 6 Old 10-10-2019, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Nevermind. I was looking at the wrong holes. Can't see a way to delete this post. There's actually two weld nuts up front, one on each side. No idea why the other two holes are there and line up in the plate, but no manual shows using them that I can find.

The studs for the front are a different story, but I can probably find some of those at least.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-10-2019, 03:43 PM
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Studs or bolts, same results. As I recall, the front skid is held by two bolts per side, using weld nuts that are already inside the frame.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-10-2019, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I couldn't figure out how to get rid of the post. I was looking at the wrong holes that were further down the frame. When I found the right ones, one hole on each side has a welded nut in place, and then there's the three or four on the front that take those awful stud-nut combo things. I plan to make my own nut strip in place of those and bolt up into it instead (an idea from another thread on here somewhere).
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I just used nuts and bolts in the lower radiator support when I attached mine.
It is awkward but can be done.
Considered making a nutstrip though or using rivnuts.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-11-2019, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I figured I could probably get nuts and bolts to work, but very awkward like you say. Instead, an idea I saw online was to get a small bit of u-channel aluminum (cheap) and drill holes corresponding to the locations on the skid plate. Then, you can just place (might use some goo like vaseline or grease) nuts in the u-channel and they won't be able to turn, letting you use a bolt to come up from the bottom. Might need to get a finger in there to get each of them started, but that's it, and then it's a nice solution. Also seems easier than welding together a nutstrip with *exactly* the right locations. So that's my plan for now
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