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Old November 6th, 2005, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default So, you stripped out your tcase nuts in the frame

Common thing. The nuts up in the frame strip out way to quick. I have seen people cut holes in the frame, helicoil them, hell, I even welded my skid plate up to the frame in a pinch. Here is the best way I have seen to fix them.

What you will need:[*]a drill bit that will drill out the old nuts.[*]Weld Nuts for the number of nuts in the frame that you are replacing. Weld nuts are regular nuts, but have anlarged base on them. I the best luck finding them at my local(non-Home Depot, Lowes) hardware store. I forget what size, but someone will know the size. You can always take one of the good bolts in to get the size.[*]A good welder

Start by drilling out the stripped nuts. Then, grind off the paint. Make sure to clean off the weld nuts, if they have any coating on them. Be sure to do this in a well venilated area. Weld up the nuts into the frame.

Repaint the frame, and there you go. Fixed.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 01:49 PM   #2
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I need to do something like this. Right now I have extra holes in my frame and lose nuts on the top of the bolts, but it's a pain because once the threads get a little rust on them I hace to cut them to get them off.

But I'm not clear on just what your welding to, since the nuts need to be up inside the frame.

What I've heard of people doing is to take a strip of steel, maybe 1/4" think, 1.5" wide and long enough to cover all 3 holes on one side. and drilling the 3 holes in that and welding the nuts to it. Then enlarging the frame holes enough so that the nuts go up into the frame, and welding the whole thing to the frame.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #3
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Bruce, you are welding the nut inside of the frame, so the nut goes inside, and the little built on washer is at the bottom. Then just weld it right to the frame.

One day I will add pictures to this
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Old November 6th, 2005, 02:22 PM   #4
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ah. I havn't seen that type of weld nut. I'l have to check them out.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 09:56 PM   #5
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i just drilled trough the top of the frame and used long bolts. i havent had any proplems with it at all.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 10:12 PM   #6
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I just re-tapped them and so far, my t-case hasn't fallen out
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Old November 8th, 2005, 03:02 PM   #7
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How do you get to them to weld inside the frame?
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 01:47 AM   #8
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Default Old Topic, New Solution...

I've been working on a solution for this problem, and came up with this.
The factory uses a Riv-nut which is cheap mass produced junk.
My parts are machined out of billet steel bar.
I've installed and sold a few sets of these, they work perfect. :)
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The factory ones are not riv-nuts. They are welded in steel and look exactly like yours.

http://www.sonicjay.com/jeep/nutsert-repair.pdf
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Wow, I looked all over the net a few months ago when I started this repair, and never saw that. I always thought they used riv-nuts by the way the bolts broke off. The sample pieces I had looked like a broken riv-nut. At any rate thats a cool fix you have there. Glad to see someone else figured out a fix for this problem too.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 05:12 AM   #11
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I've been working on a solution for this problem, and came up with this.
The factory uses a Riv-nut which is cheap mass produced junk.
My parts are machined out of billet steel bar.
I've installed and sold a few sets of these, they work perfect. :)
Nice work, tardis454.


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The factory ones are not riv-nuts. They are welded in steel and look exactly like yours.

http://www.sonicjay.com/jeep/nutsert-repair.pdf
sonicjay - Nice write-up. I assume you just get the rivnuts from McMaster-Carr or something. Where did you get yours?


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sonicjay - Nice write-up. I assume you just get the rivnuts from McMaster-Carr or something. Where did you get yours?


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Those are from the dealership. They're not actually riv-nuts though; way too thick to crimp. They're just nut-serts.
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