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Hey all, the rivnut tool that is commonly recommended in these threads has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Anyone have one still lying around that they'd be willing to sell? Or is there another tool that has been used successfully? 

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14 hours ago, Rota said:

Hey all, the rivnut tool that is commonly recommended in these threads has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Anyone have one still lying around that they'd be willing to sell? Or is there another tool that has been used successfully? 

 

Any similar tool will do...tons of options on Amazon still varying from $30 and up.  Seeing a Beetro 14" unit that's at the low price range and has the essential metric sizes.  Most kits come with both SAE and metric sizes, which is a plus if you have other uses.  Mine still sees occasional use so I'm keeping it around. 

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On 8/12/2022 at 12:09 AM, hawairish said:

 

Any similar tool will do...tons of options on Amazon still varying from $30 and up.  Seeing a Beetro 14" unit that's at the low price range and has the essential metric sizes.  Most kits come with both SAE and metric sizes, which is a plus if you have other uses.  Mine still sees occasional use so I'm keeping it around. 

 

Thanks! I've got one now and it seems to be pretty decent quality. Just need a step drill bit for the holes. I see you mentioned the ones from Harbor Freight. Did you use the one that's just a smooth cone that's essentially "stepless" or one with coarse steps to drill the holes in the body?

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18 minutes ago, Rota said:

 

Thanks! I've got one now and it seems to be pretty decent quality. Just need a step drill bit for the holes. I see you mentioned the ones from Harbor Freight. Did you use the one that's just a smooth cone that's essentially "stepless" or one with coarse steps to drill the holes in the body?


Coarse stepped ones. The two larger ones have sizes that are basically perfect for the rivnuts, though I rely on calipers to confirm the diameters. You want the hole to be the same size or a hair smaller; too large and the rivnut will likely spin. 

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Got lucky on Wednesday! felt like checking the junkyard inventory and there was a 97 pathfinder with a carrier that had been brought in the day before! swooped it for the Q yesterday, gonna go back tomorrow for the hole templates in bumper and for the hinges. I have been keeping my eye out for one of these for about 2 years lol. planning on getting it done up in the next few weeks! Thanks everyone in this thread who has posted their experiences and advice here as a resource.

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