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Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« on: December 26, 2017, 10:02:29 AM »
I debating using 6 rivnuts to secure my front splitter to its chassis mount for ease of access once the plastics are all installed. I'm concerned because they'll be mounted from the bottom and it would suck if they pull out. Then again In a wreck, it would be a plus to pull out the rivnuts instead of tweaking the front end. It would be steel inserts on steel, using the mechanical wheel style install tool, not the lever gun.

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 03:49:05 PM »
Rivnuts, if properly installed, are very reliable and strong.
I see no problem using them to mount a splitter.
1995 FD, 7.0 Liter stroked LS3, T56, 8.8, Samberg kit.

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 10:39:40 PM »
Use the ones made for plastic.   Much more surface area.
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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2017, 12:01:50 PM »
Thanks for the input, I wanna find the manual screw type tool, I read that they compress much better than the pull type

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2017, 12:34:49 PM »
I use one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/AVK-Industrial-AA181-420-Expandable-Thread/dp/B06XG51LH5/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1514395944&sr=1-1&keywords=rivnut+tool

They suck if you're doing like, 400 rivnuts, but if you do a few now and then, they do a GREAT job and they're mucho-cheaper.

Here are the "for plastic/composites" style I was talking about:

https://www.mcmaster.com/#rivet-nuts/=1av9li1

edit:  Link doesn't work right, but if you go into the categories, "Rivet Nuts for Plastic and Composites" is the type I'm talking about.

Those are a little easier to install (they 'give' easier) and you can just use a regular bolt and a lock washer/regular washer stack for them.   They're great for urethane bumpers or thin sheetmetal, just remember you need more clearance around them.   I sometimes stack a washer in the back, as they can tolerate a lot of variance in materials thickness.

I love rivnuts.  A lot.
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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 01:57:56 PM »
McMaster Carr , the official supplier of Norotors lol, its been awhile since I finished and sold my FD, I forgot about McMaster! I ordered the composite RivNuts thanks for the link. I'm building a S2000 in the meantime while I save for my kitcar dreams.

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 02:12:48 PM »
McMaster-Carr and Metal Supermarkets are like, my favoritest places.   LOL    The girls at Metal Supermarket locally all know me by name, hahaha.
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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2017, 11:22:21 PM »
McMaster is good for hard to find stuff, but I usually exhaust all other options first.

They won't give you a shipping quote until after you've placed the order.
I just bought a couple small heims and aluminum tube to make a remote handle for my battery master switch on the racecar.
For $11 worth of parts, they charged me over $26 shipping.   >:(
1995 FD, 7.0 Liter stroked LS3, T56, 8.8, Samberg kit.

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2017, 08:48:02 AM »
I love McMaster and it is only 10 minutes from my house so I donít have to pay their stupid shipping charges.

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Build Thread - http://www.norotors.com/index.php?topic=19354.0
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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2017, 06:56:32 PM »
I love McMaster and it is only 10 minutes from my house so I donít have to pay their stupid shipping charges.

Must be nice.  NOTHING is 10 minutes from my house.  LOL
I do like my space though.   8)
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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2018, 08:55:15 PM »
Ok they're installed, I'm a little nervous about it , the grip range is within spec for my 1/8" thick brackets, I wish I had more overlap in the bulge. But it does have a steel bracket left and right, and a turnbuckle front-center. If it pulls out then I'd be surprised.


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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 11:37:43 PM »
Run it. I donít think that is going anywhere. Do those guys have an FC or FD product?
Quote from: cool
Sell it to spacevomit.  He'll finish it.

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 10:08:45 PM »
They sell products for the FD but not splitter brackets, seem like they could be easily modified for anything given the height adjustment. I'll post up some photos of the project soon, my OCD is dragging this out way longer than it should have.

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2018, 06:15:03 PM »
Can always tack those in if you're worried about them.

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Re: Riv-nuts, appropriate for a front splitter?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2018, 06:48:39 PM »
If only I could weld! I've told myself I'll learn one day.