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    I have never added fiberglass skirts or bumpers and just picked some up. I realized that I am unsure of the best ways to attach this stuff.

    I'm thinking of using dzus fasteners on the sides where the skirts and bumper overlay the body and fenders (its a track-only car so not concerned with drilling holes) but not sure if that's the best. Also not sure how to attach in other areas, like the ends of the skirt inside the wheel well. Sheet metal screws just seem like a bad idea. I'm thinking nuts and wide-head bolts. Other thoughts?

  • #2
    I hear good things on dzus fasteners.
    '95 240sx

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    • #3
      rivets?
      '89 RX-7 TurboII - SSM - Widebody - Ford 8.8 IRS - giant wing - Megasquirt3
      '89 Corolla SR5 - SMF - 4A-GE 20 Valve 6 speed swap - Megasquirt-2
      '01 Impreza 2.5RS - Rallycross Stock AWD / Daily
      '81 BMW R65

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      • #4
        I used riv nuts in the rear behind the doir because mine bowed out there. Under the door I have some screws and same by the front behind the wheel.

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        • #5
          riv nuts are the way to go!

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          • #6
            Dzus or riv-nuts. Sheet metal/drywall screws are the devil on a track car. I see people come in off track all the time with a sheet metal screw stuck in a brand new $300 Goodyear slick. Don't do that to yourself or fellow competitors.

            Plus the panels are easier and faster to remove/replace if you do it that way and the job just looks much cleaner.
            Originally posted by SoSideways
            I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
            '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
            '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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            • #7
              I'm thinking those rivnuts are the way to go - I don't need the quick on and off that dzus offers and the rivnuts are cheaper.

              Glad I asked - gonna order up a kit.

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              • #8
                The Rivnuts are cheaper each piece, but you also have to buy the tool to put them on.
                If you were in Houston, I'd let you borrow mine..

                FYI, Fastenal and McMaster both have good selection of the stuff.
                For sheet metal, a #10 screw is plenty large enough if you space them every 6" or so.
                http://www.mcmaster.com/#91770a245/=nkq4ix
                http://www.mcmaster.com/#93484a350/=nkq5nv
                http://www.mcmaster.com/#95585a600/=nkq6uy
                Originally posted by SoSideways
                I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Matt93SE View Post
                  The Rivnuts are cheaper each piece, but you also have to buy the tool to put them on.
                  If you were in Houston, I'd let you borrow mine..

                  FYI, Fastenal and McMaster both have good selection of the stuff.
                  For sheet metal, a #10 screw is plenty large enough if you space them every 6" or so.
                  http://www.mcmaster.com/#91770a245/=nkq4ix
                  http://www.mcmaster.com/#93484a350/=nkq5nv
                  http://www.mcmaster.com/#95585a600/=nkq6uy
                  Or if you're cheap, Harbor freight has one:
                  http://www.harborfreight.com/45-piec...-kit-1210.html
                  '89 RX-7 TurboII - SSM - Widebody - Ford 8.8 IRS - giant wing - Megasquirt3
                  '89 Corolla SR5 - SMF - 4A-GE 20 Valve 6 speed swap - Megasquirt-2
                  '01 Impreza 2.5RS - Rallycross Stock AWD / Daily
                  '81 BMW R65

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the offer, Matt - I appreciate it! Since its a
                    Bit of a drive I'll probably have to get my own.

                    Appreciate the links guys

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                    • #11
                      It's not just a rivet gun? I might have to get one for something similar.

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                      • #12
                        Don't touch that Harbor Freight thing unless you want to FUBAR your bodywork. piece o crap.


                        cdlong, it's identical in function to a rivet gun, but all of the fittings internal to it are different- there are different.. uhhh.. 'inserts' per screw size that screw/slide into the tool, which get threaded into the rivnut and then pulled through (like a rivet gun) to set the insert in place.

                        so yeah.. same basic function, but the tooling is different so you gotta have their little tool.
                        Originally posted by SoSideways
                        I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                        '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                        '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                        • #13
                          I have the HF one and it works fine. The adapter doesn't engage the threads on the rivnuts I got from mcmaster carr as smoothly as I would like it to, but it works. If you are using it for small stuff like this, I would say get it. If you plan to use it a lot, get a better one.

                          I used 10-24 size rinvuts. A pack of 10-24 button head bolts was only like $7.

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                          • #14
                            I personally like dzus fasteners better, however they are a bit more expensive.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sleepy_Steve View Post
                              I hear good things on dzus fasteners.
                              This
                              "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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