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Old 04-02-13, 11:33 PM
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Hey fellas. I'm about to get my rivits powdercoated. My question is, when taking off the rivits do the bolts come off just unscrewing off the inner bolts?....or do I need to hold the outer bolt while un screwing the inner bolt?...and if I have to hold both, what kind of bolt do I need for the outer nut? Regular socket?...looks like a torque nut. Any help would be great
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Old 04-03-13, 02:47 AM
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I used a 3/8" drive 12pt. 5/16 socket, 8mm will work also, but I find the 5/16 to be more snug. You may want to use an extension to clear the lip depending on the depth of your lip. The inner nuts, I believe are either 10mm (M7) or 12mm (M8).

I also used penetrating oil on the inner nuts to help disassemble the hardware. I found it easier to unscrew the 5/16 bolt from the nut, but you may try either way and see which works best for you. A helping hand is always nice, be sure not to strip the 5/16 bolt, they are $4.00/ea from Work's website. The 10mm/12mm nuts are cheaper and conveniently replaceable via local hardware store.

To reassemble, get a star pattern going on the first ~12 bolts, then continue clockwise, use blue Loctite on each hardware (a drop or two). Torque down to 15 ft lbs for M7 hardware. 17-18 ft lbs for M8 hardware.

Sounds like all you'll be working on are the rivets, but if for some reason you break the silicone seal, you will want to use some black RTV silicone, you can find this in most hardware stores. Good luck!
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Thanks for the help man!!
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honestly i wouldnt powdercoat the rivets cause when putting them back on they can be stripped off the color.

lol i always wanted to do the same but never got around to it, i'd much rather full polish them!
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I've always loosened the bolt side. The 10mm nut is a locking nut and you will probly round off a couple of them. Just break them loose from the outside(spline side) and then loosen them all the way.
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