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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:35 PM
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License Plate Light replacement

I received a new license plate light (thanks Brewie212!!) and unbolted the old one only then realizing there were indeed NUTS on the other side...

How the HECK do I access back there? Thx!
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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:44 PM
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from the other side. No idea what your interior looks like, so it's hard to help you any further.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 05:08 PM
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There is a removable panel bolted to the tub.
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There is a removable panel bolted to the tub.
Ok. I looked on the inside, appears to be welded in but I'll run out and look again.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 05:37 PM
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Kinda depends on model year, but here's an NAS answer...

Just installed a rear light bracket last week and had to take apart the same assembly. The nut on the left side of the light (assuming you are standing outside and behind the vehicle facing towards front of vehicle) should be unobstructed on the inside of the cabin. The right nut necessitates the removal of the rear speaker (not the entire assembly, just the speaker from the speaker housing). This of course may vary according to model year.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 09:04 PM
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Just installed a rear light bracket last week and had to take apart the same assembly. The nut on the left side of the light (assuming you are standing outside and behind the vehicle facing towards front of vehicle) should be unobstructed on the inside of the cabin. The right nut necessitates the removal of the rear speaker (not the entire assembly, just the speaker from the speaker housing). This of course may vary according to model year.
Mine has a panel tack welded or jb cold welded on place. Doh!
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Old July 9th, 2013, 09:12 PM
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Mine has a panel tack welded or jb cold welded on place. Doh!
Feel for you...
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That sucks..post a photo and maybe we can think of plan b
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Is there a flap underneath? If not, I would fit rivnuts if it is really welded on.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 09:46 PM
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Haha so close but so far away!!! Just hot glue it to the back of the truck! Step back, have a beer and admire how we beat the British again!!!
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Is there a flap underneath? If not, I would fit rivnuts if it is really welded on.
x2, rivnuts.
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x2, rivnuts.
Rivnuts are the easiest and fastest solution as long as the panel in place is not made of steel.
If it's an aluminum panel someone added that's blocking your access, then leave well enough alone. If the panel is steel and not galvanized, it needs removing to prevent corrosion with your aluminum body, otherwise the reacting metals will result in the aluminum next to the steel disappearing.
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Ahhhh, looks like Cold-weld was used OVER the holes which apparently were supposed to be screw holes. Maybe its the firefighter in me, but when all else fails, break out the torch! Heated the crap up, and it popped right off. It was actually painted so tough to tell exactly what was going on.

SO.... fixed the wiring, and took the grinding wheel to the cold-weld, cleaned up the metal and gave it a prime last night. Will hit it with some paint tonight. And Rivnuts it will be for sure.... easy and cheap money!

BOY, do I LIVE FOR cleaning up other peoples laziness! LMAO!
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Second on the heat. Use propane, not mapp, so that you avoid melting the aluminum.
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Always use antiseize on the bolts inserted into rivnuts, but it sounds like you are where you need to be without rivnuts.
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Always use antiseize on the bolts inserted into rivnuts, but it sounds like you are where you need to be without rivnuts.

Yeah, I think I'm good now that I can clean up this mess! I can also drill out the screw holes and actually use them. At further inspection, that screw you see in the picture above the tail light is actually screwed in to this cap that was cold-welded on. definitely some British MOD grunts solution here LOL. And they LOVE flat head screws too!

The propane torch worked like a champ.
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