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I removed my skid plate (I think to change the oil?) not long after I got the truck. But when I went to put it back on, none of the bolts would grab. It seemed like they each have a loose nut inside the frame with nothing to keep it from spinning. (The ones that didn't already have the heads sheared off, that is.) I told myself I'd worry about it later. Well, it's later. Anybody had this issue or know of a good way to reinstall the skid plate? I'm sure I could rig something up if I need to, but the less trial-and-error, the better. Any input would be appreciated.
 

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If they're all broken off inside, you may have to use Rivnuts, which are basically rivets with a female bolt thread inside. You need an installer tool for them too, to expand and tighten them properly.
 

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If they're all broken off inside, you may have to use Rivnuts, which are basically rivets with a female bolt thread inside. You need an installer tool for them too, to expand and tighten them properly.
That is a way to repair that. You dont need the tool. It is far easier with it but all you need is a way to pull the thread without spinning the nut. There are videos on how to do it like this one.
 

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If they're all broken off inside, you may have to use Rivnuts, which are basically rivets with a female bolt thread inside. You need an installer tool for them too, to expand and tighten them properly.
One or two of the heads sheared off, but the others, it seems like a nut up inside the hole is just spinning. I was wondering what exactly is in there, and how it's supposed to be connected. Is there a nut inside? Is it supposed to be welded? What do the bolts normally thread into? I can't see up in there. It just goes up into a small hole, and the threads don't grab. That being said, it seems like the Rivtnuts will probably be my best bet. I'll give that a try.
 
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