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Old October 4th, 2014, 10:53 PM
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Bumper captive nut tricks

Does anybody have any? It's been eight years since I last fitted this bumper and I had totally forgotten about what total hell it is to align the captive nut plate. I've thought about removing the plate from the flimsy carrier that seems to be fouling the bolts but I'm not sure if this is a good idea.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 11:00 PM
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Some bolts have pointed ends. Honestly I have never had an issue doing it.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 03:38 AM
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Clean everything up, bolts & nut plate, grease or waxoyl it and don't push too hard when spinning the bolts in to start with. Never really had a problem either. Steering boxes...now that's another issue entirely...
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Old October 5th, 2014, 09:39 AM
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Did this recently without too much trouble with bolts that did not have the pointy ends. It helps to have someone lend a hand - one to turn the wrench while supporting the bumper and the other to align/guide the backing plate with a screwdriver at eye level.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 10:09 AM
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I used normal nuts on mine. I hole sawed access from below to get a socket in the bottom.

When the captive plate corrodes, it is real pain in the ass to get things out of there.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 10:25 AM
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Stick them in place with masking tape or squishy double sided tape (mounting tape).

I fought with the blasted things until I noticed bits of masking tape in there...I was con Ernest that masking tape would hold moisture so I used some 3m synthetic mounting tape.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 10:41 AM
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I always get one bolt started and use that same bolt to rotate the plate around to line the second bolt up. Then I hit it will the 3/8" impact and hope it doesn't cross thread. If it does cross thread, just remember, a crossed thread is a tight thread
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Old October 5th, 2014, 11:46 AM
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Did they not come with the thin metal alignment holder thingy? I have never had a problem with brand new ones and have only ever installed bumpers by myself. I just would get one aligned with maybe a little help from the other hand to ensure the plate holds exactly where I want when putting in the second bolt. dfx
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