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stripped skid plat bolt

I took my skid plate off yesterday to more easily get to my tow hooks. When I went to put the skid plate back on I stripped out of the rear treads in the frame. I noticed that the bolt goes in and a little higher then the frame. I think I can get a bolt in and put a nut inside the frame and get a wrench on the nut. Will with work, I was going to use a lock nut.

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Get a tap and dye set and re-thread the hole.
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Mine stripped out also, one up front and one in the back. It doesnt help it is bent to crap, but oh well.

Neil (Lil Blue) posted a while back when I asked the same question. I will find his post because I have yet to fix mine.

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I think it had a helicoil in it, so I can't really just re-thread it. I would need to buy a helicoil.
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I'd just put a nut on the end of the bolt
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yeah nut and bolt will do.
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I drilled mine out and used larger bolts. Use 3/8" fine thread bolts and tap the hole and it'll be fine. I needed something stronger for my heavier custom skid plate but I wanted to be able to take it off easily and I didn't want no stinkin' blind nuts stuck in there somewhere...
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I drilled mine out and through bolted them Ben
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Yeah thats what I was thinking Neil, I can get all kinds of bolts at work, biggest size is 1/4 28 and they are stainless steel. That should be strong enough right ? I have nylon lock nuts for the top.
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I just put on my skid plate yesterday. I found that the bolts don't want to get to tight on mine as well. I'll probably do as John suggested so that I can use that tap of mine once more other than just once for that damn body lift.
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thats an idea, I guess you wont have a prob finding bolts like that 12mm or something ?
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Nah, home depot is right around the corner. I can always tap it out to english sizes if i need to.
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