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Offline hurricanebrax

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Lift gate strut internal nut fell in
« on: May 20, 2020, 04:09:46 pm »
So I was trying to replace my lift gate struts and I guess at some point the nut that the bolt that holds the strut to the body came loose or something and now there is nothing to thread into. I don't have a welder or else I'd just tac the spacer nut to the body. Does anyone have any suggestions because currently I can't reinstall it and now the lift gate wont close right so I basically totally screwed everything up and am in a serious pinch.

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    Offline RCCADMAN

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    Re: Lift gate strut internal nut fell in
    « Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 04:53:30 pm »
    Riv-Nut

    For Example (This is listed as Amazons best seller. I do not vouch for the quality of any of these tools as I have never used one of my own)

    https://www.amazon.com/WETOLS-Rivet-Metric-Mandrels-Rivnuts/dp/B081GDRTXP/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=rivnut&qid=1590011659&sr=8-6

    Also: Rustyraindog fix the same problem with a Rivnut here:

    https://ramchargercentral.com/vehicle-help/liftgate-support-help-please/msg3525400/#msg3525400

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    Offline hurricanebrax

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    Re: Lift gate strut internal nut fell in
    « Reply #2 on: May 21, 2020, 09:21:34 am »
    Thanks man, I'll update when/if I can unring this bell.

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    Re: Lift gate strut internal nut fell in
    « Reply #3 on: May 25, 2020, 05:40:53 pm »
    Riv nut was the way to go! You can make a tool with a long bolt and a couple nuts. I used a step bit to enlarge the hole to fit the nut in. GO SLOW AND DON'T DRILL IT TO LARGE! It seems to be holding up well.
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