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    Q for those who've done the skidplate rivnut project?

    Are the front and rear skid plates overlapping and held by mutual rivet(s)? Same question for the side skids and the skidplates...

    See pics below: (the arrows don't show up very well!)

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    Yes over lapping
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    Just did mine a couple weeks ago and copied the guy who cut fingers into the rear skid and riveted the middle skid with washers (about 5.5mm shim) so the rear one would slide in. Works well but it's really up to you if you think it's worth all the hassle. I like it cuz I don't like all that mess in there. I can remove the rear slid in probably less than 5min.
    There's a pretty good thread on this project.
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    Yes they overlap so if you only want to rivnut the rear then like bones said you can install washers and cut slots in the skidplate so the rear section will slide under the front section.
    Picture shows some of the washers I got at Ace riveted onto the front skid and you can see how it leaves a gap for the rear skid to slide in. You can get the good steel rivets at Ace also.

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    As shown circled in this pic cut these holes into slots.

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    Just fyi, the BRP rivet is p/n 293150108 and my dealer sold them to me @ 70 cents. They list for double or triple that but he goes into the back (if/when I ask) and comes out with a better price. Very strange. Didn't know you could get them from Ace or I'd have gone there.
    Also countersunk the skid hole with a 7/8" fostner bit a little more for the 1" sidewalk (hurricane) bolts per the other thread on this project. Those bolts only come in 1/4-20 as far as I can tell. I did use a bit of blue loctite and it's holding well so far. Hopefully they'll come out when the time comes. Added red loctite to rivnut on install; hope those never come loose.
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    Thanks guys. I plan to rivnut all the locations. Did the front winch skid and front bottom skid already and it worked well. Kind of a b!tch to drill out the rivets, but worth it in the long run. I'm using 5mm rivnuts with 5mm x 16 flanged panhead machine screws (hex drive). Using anti-seize not Loctite -- don't want to ever spin a rivnut and will check the machine screws often. Fortunately I have a four-post list to work under...
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    Do yourself a favor and wait until you get the new skid plate to drill the locations for the nut certs. I did all the rivets!!lol I have a few extra nut certs now that I am not using!!lol

    One other thing is I have a air tool and a hand tool. I always use the hand tool to tighten the nut certs to frame. You will be able to tell how hard you are crimping them. I install them at the set height first then unscrew the arbor about 2 turns then tighten them again. JMHO
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    Umm, I'm not buying a new skid...

    I have the AP ADN14 drill adapter tool and it works very well for setting the rivnuts.

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    Do yourself a favor and wait until you get the new skid plate to drill the locations for the nut certs. I did all the rivets!!lol I have a few extra nut certs now that I am not using!!lol

    One other thing is I have a air tool and a hand tool. I always use the hand tool to tighten the nut certs to frame. You will be able to tell how hard you are crimping them. I install them at the set height first then unscrew the arbor about 2 turns then tighten them again. JMHO
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    I haven’t seen that Astro ADN14 tool before. It is pretty neat. I was just about to purchase the new river tool from Wurth.
    https://www.wurthusa.com/Tools/Rivet...OOCRM5,O4E7L,1
    but I might give the Astro a try.

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    Umm, I'm not buying a new skid...

    I have the AP ADN14 drill adapter tool and it works very well for setting the rivnuts.

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    Just when you thought you owned every tool you'd ever need (besides a 2 or 4 post lift), looks like I'll be investing in one of those Astro ADN14 adapter tools.
    Great find, thanks for the info.
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