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post #1 of 18 Old 06-07-2012, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield frame nuts

Ok, so inside the windshield frame theirs either a nut welded to the frame or some kind of small threaded bracket back there for you to screw-in the bolts. I've managed to snap-off two of mine between putting-on and taking-off the front light bar for my now sold roof rack. The upper one on the driver's side snapped off when I was trying to screw-in a bolt (got that bolt out), and the inside bolt on the passenger front spun trying to remove the bolt (had to cut off the head of the bolt with a grinder).

Any of you guys who remove or fold-down your windshield, could you take a look and see if there's any access inside the frame to fix/replace these nuts?

Or if this happened to you and you fixed it, what did you do?

I'd like to put on a new light bar at some point, or at least windshield lights, and need to have working nuts.

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Nothing? Im the only guy this ever happened to?

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I just searched the webz there is nothing out there. Maybe wanna start taking off the A pillar plastic cover.

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Thanks for looking, I had the same result.

I think I'm going to pull the windshield tomorrow and take a look. I was re-reading the original thread on the cowl snorkel mod the pic when he had the windshield bracket off it looked like I could get to at least the front-mounted nut/bracket/whatever.

Maybe I'll even throw on some goggles and go for a ride that way.

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At the worse if you can't access the back just use a nutsert.

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At the worse if you can't access the back just use a nutsert.

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Don't think a nutsert will work. Everything has to be flush for the bracket. Worst case is I just cut an access hole, weld in a new nut or bracket or whatever it is, then weld closed the hole and paint. I'd have already done this but my welding skills are rough and I'm worried about making a big mess. Will probably farm out the welding to someone with more experience.

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I'm in the same boat, I had one of mine snap loose after re-installing my upright for my roof rack. Got it about almost tight and it gave way. now I'm stuck with a semi loose bolt that I'll have to cut if I want to take the rack off.

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post #8 of 18 Old 07-15-2014, 04:55 PM
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What was your resolution?

This happened to me recently - how did you guys fix this?
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-29-2014, 04:38 PM
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Is it something you can drill, tap and Helicoil. I'd probably try that before cutting an access hole and welding.

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post #10 of 18 Old 07-29-2014, 07:16 PM
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These are square nuts held in place by 2 tabs of metal. When corrosion sets in and there is any resistance, the tabs bend when you put torque on the fastener.

Stupid design, IMO.


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I agree. It's a dumb design. I hate flag nuts for that reason. Sure they make the initial install quicker but once they rust and weaken they become a problem.

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i recently broke one of mine and don't know what to do.
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Anyone figure this out yet?

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I've got one stripped out from installing and removing my light bar and mirror mounts too many times. It looks like a thin plate that had been drilled and threaded. Being so thin, there are not many threads to hold it. I'm just waiting on an excuse to take it apart.

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I have had this problem on my newest jeep since I got it brand new. After wheeling and talking to some people this last weekend they told me I can remove the cover and have access to it once the windshield is down.

The jeep is getting 1 tons and some other goodies this fall so I plan on pulling it apart then to see what I can do to fix it / replace it.
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post #16 of 18 Old 04-13-2016, 02:11 AM
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Hi, I'm in the same boat but it was the repair shop that stripped it out but I'm left holding the bag. If I figure how to fix it I'll share it.
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-28-2016, 12:42 PM
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I had 2 of the bolts missing on each side of my windshield for that very reason. I just went to the hardware store and bought the appropriate bolt for the screws, removed that panel and bolted it on from the back side. The new bolt didn't want to fit so i used a 1/2bit to drill out the the area behind where i added the bolt. Now it holds my light bracket and if i want to take the light off i just remove the nut after removing it from the frame again! i was going to weld it then realized it wasn't necessary!
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it's goin' on 4 years this threads been here & I still have no idea what nuts or location that's being talking about re: windshield frame.

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