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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:41 PM
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I purchased some new replacement lights for 95 D90. The screws that hold the plinth in place are not coming out very easy. I got one out and the other snapped (I'll have to drill it out). What is holding the back of these screws? I can't tell beacuse the entire uderside is covered with undercoating. It almost seems like a threaded rivet. Is there a trick or just snap them all and replace with stainless nut & washer?
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Old May 27th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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The screws screw into a rivet nut or something similar. The nut is just spinning with the screw. A simple thing that is a big pain in the a$$.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 12:16 PM
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I spoke to the guys at City Side Garage in Holliston MA, and apparently you can just drill the screw out and use a new srew/nut/washer. Apparently you need a special tool to reinstall the, what is called, a nutlet that is the threaded rivet type thing.
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Its a rivnut - great little things, but they are steel installed into aluminum - so the screw and rivnut rust together. Best method I've found is to grip the rivnut from the back with vice grips, then extract the screw or snap it off (its just M5). If you have a rivnut tool (about 70 bucks) then reinstall aluminum rivnuts and use anti-seize on the screws. If you don't wanna, then just use washers and nuts.

I used stainless nuts and screws, but i used rubber washers to isolate the stainless from the body.
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