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    How to replace rivets holding rear bumper pad on 2008 STX-15F

    I recently purchased two Kawasaki STX-15F jet skis with very low hours but minor cosmetic issues. The rear corner bumper pad has sustained a hard enough hit to snap off two of the rivets holding it in place. I've already purchased replacement rivets & cap blocks, however, I'm not certain how to get the broken rivets out. The end of them appears to snap into something permanently attached to the underside/inside of the bumper. There doesn't seem to be anything remaining on the outside end of the rivet to grab onto to pull the old rivet out.

    Has anyone run across this problem before and if so what's the solution?


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    I haven't looked at that specific model, but suspect you simply drill out the rivets. You'll probably need to put a washer on the back side for the new rivet to grip.

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    If there is room on the back side you could also use stainless bolts and lock nuts instead of the rivets. I have done it like that in the past. Works really nice and makes the rail easy to remove if you ever need/want to

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    Bryan has the right idea, the rivets are a pain in the ass, I have had good luck holding them with locking pliers and using s step drill to remove them.

    Sean

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    If they are 3/16" rivets I just used 10-24 screws and lock nuts. Stainless of course.

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    I used a unibit bought at home-depot paid about 25$ I tried drill bit,but when i used the unibit ,it Ripped that rivet out no problem, use a drill with t-settings.

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