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Old May 31st, 2011, 11:12 PM
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Smile Upright Bracket special metal nutsert things

After installing my relatively new top a few times and screwing in the screws that hold the upright brackets to the body behind the doortops, the metal nutserts (that go all the way down the top of the rear quarter panels for fiberglass top installation too) have come loose and just started spinning in their holes so lately I've been having to hold them with pliers while tightening them up with a screw driver on top, never being able to fully tighten them down fully. I've tried tapping them out to replace them with just a nut and a bolt but they seem pretty stuck in there, will try again tomorrow though. Was just wondering if any other softop D90 owners have had this problem and what they've done to fix it.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 08:58 AM
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Baird, you can buy replacement rivet nuts and a tool to install them pretty cheaply. Hold the rivnut with pliers and drill out the old one. Inserting a new one is very much like using a pop-rivet gun (if you have used one).

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A lot of times you can salvage a loose rivnut by compressing it further so it grips again. Either a rivnut tool or a bolt and nut will work.
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Also if you want "ron good" do the above with JB weld on the gap in the sheetmetal where it is spinning.
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Whatever you do, DON'T try weld it in like the dealer did on mine (as relayed by the previous owner)
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