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    Drilling the holes for the fenders

    Scale of 1-10 how hard or tricky is drilling the holes and install the rivet nuts?

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    If 1 is easy, it is a 2.

    You simply hold the item up to the body with small clamps and mark your holes. Use a small and sharp center punch to lightly make the dent and drill with a small drill, then up to the size needed. We must have drilled 50-60 holes in the TMF Jeep and all were great. Make sure to use some lube on the bolts that are going into the rivenut tool and have two people when doing the rivnuts as they are easier to keep flat against the body that way. Cake.

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    What he said ^

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    Agreed with Brian. Super easy to drill. The nut itself is a pain. But thatís just because your forearm is killing you after 3 of them.


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    Thanks. Like the info on lubing before penetration. Always a good thing Iíve found.

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    Did you use a 17/32 or finish with a fluted bit for finishing hole size?

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    If I had to do it again I'd use a step bit, the body material is thin and soft. I made my own rivnut puller with grade 8 bolts and 1/8" thick washers, I also used an impact to pull them in. Did 38 holes and wore out 3 of them. Only spun one but the hole was a little butchered from that big bit grabbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Copasspupil View Post
    Did you use a 17/32 or finish with a fluted bit for finishing hole size?
    We used a 1/2" and it worked perfectly. Some needed a little wobble of the drill to fit, but the tighter the better. We used a wrench and a socket and ratchet with the rivnut tool and we did not have forearm issues, but we wrench daily.

    An impact would be awesome, but you would not be able to feel the point where it grabs. It could be easy to go too far. We used red loctite around the rivnut and the body area. not sure it will help, but it cannot hurt.

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    It says in the directions to use a 17/32 for the rear only. If I can get away with 1/2Ē, Iíd be happy. I ordered a fluted one but it doesnít come for a week apparently. I have a step bit

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    I used a harbor freight cone shaped bit to give mine just a hair more past 1/2Ē. Worked perfect.

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