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Old February 13th, 2007, 09:43 AM
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Sealing Rear Wheel Well Bolt Holes

Hello,

New member here. I just removed two fold down seats on one side in my D90 SW and want to seal up the bolt holes so water and other undesirable items don't get launched in by the wheel. Any suggestions?

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Old February 13th, 2007, 10:26 AM
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Hello,

New member here. I just removed two fold down seats on one side in my D90 SW and want to seal up the bolt holes so water and other undesirable items don't get launched in by the wheel. Any suggestions?

Thanks.

Use a rubber grommet and seal it with RTV Silicon. Or, you could fasten the bolts back in. As far as the fasteners for the jump seats, I used SS bolts, nuts and washers (the seat belts fasteners are all zink plated steel) and I made rubber gaskets to separate the SS from the aluminum, and I rapped each bolt thread area (only the area that is near the aluminum) with electrical tape to separate the SS bolt from the aluminum. I also sealed each bolt with RTV silicon.


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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:20 AM
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They make little rubber plugs. Try McMaster Carr
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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:30 AM
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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:38 AM
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I got them at Auto Zone or Advanced auto. There was a little generic pack of a few sizes. I had to buy a few packs of them to get it done.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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If you want to return it to factory, go by a product made by Devcon called Liquid Aluminum. You can patch the hole like putty and then sand it down after it is dry. A little paint and there is no hole and no mark that there was a hole.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 08:31 PM
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Thanks for all the advice.

I will see what the local auto parts shops have as far as grommets or plugs as that seems to be the best option for my situation.
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Or if you plan to have accessories such as an amplifier for your 4, 15' woofers, you could leave the holes to run the batt/ground. Just kidding.......seal em up.

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Old February 16th, 2007, 06:08 PM
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Found some small "rubber bumpers" from NAPA (part# 665-2264). They are about the diamater of a nickle and a little thicker with a protruding conical tip that has a seat where it connects. Sort of like a chubby rubber thumbtack.

This was perfect fit for most of the mounting holes for the flip down seats. Where the holes were a little smaller I just trimmed the rubber pieces to fit. I put a little silicone on them all and so far they look OK and are keeping the elements out.
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Follow on question (initially posted in another thread but no responses).

A bolt on passenger side over the rear wheel well close to the rear which attaches to the rear support underneath is starting to be pulled at an angle through the wheel well. I tried to loosen the bolt to see if I could replace the washer but the bolt is rusted tight and it only loosened a few mm.

It looks like this bolt would have held the seat belt attachment closest to the back but the PO had taken out the rearmost seatbelt mount and just left a small washer.

What size washer is needed to keep this bolt from pulling through, or is there something else that needs to be done? Same question for the other bolt closer to the middle of the wheel well that is also connected to the rear support and until recently held the dual seat belt mount in between the two seats.

Is it safe to drive (on road) until I get this resolved, or does this pose a serious problem if the bolt gets pulled through?

At least on the driver side in the back I have both seats and all seatbelt mounts so the seat belt mounts are acting as huge washers.
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