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    Ouch! broke off a hood bolt.

    Hey guys I'm turning to you before I drag my ski to a shop. Classic example of a little problem snowballing:

    A retaining clip/nut in my hood popped off and fell into the hood cavity so I had to take the entire hood assy. apart and put back together. The vibration of that little metal part was so bad it sounded like a helicopter was following me at certain RPMs causing me to look around like a fool.

    ANYWAY, I put everything back together just fine and then went to bolt it back onto the ski. I got a little to aggressive with the ratchet on the LAST nut that holds the metal hinge of the hood to the front body and snapped it. It broke about 1/8" below the gelcoat.

    It feels prety stable with the 3 existing bolts but I want to fix it right.

    Should I drill it out then replace it with another one by filling the gelcoat?

    Tips waaaay appreciated in advance.

    LB


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    Post some pics so we can see whats going on.

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    Pics..

    I can see a recessed "sheath" that the bolt sits in. Maybe "bracket" part #11053??

    I'm going to try to figure out what the bracket is mounted to below. This is a very similar bolt to the ones that hold the seat mounts.

    Thanks again; I'm gonna wait to hear some more feedback here before I pull out the drill.. LB









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    Do you think there is a possibility to get a dremel blade in there to cut a slot in the top of the bolt?

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    Too deep. I'd have to cut up the gelcoat.

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    hole to small to get a nut on there?

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    Get a carbide tip for a dremel tool and cut a slot in it, or get a set of left hand drills and drill a small pilot hole and then go in with a larger left hand drill and go very slow to get a curl going and it should drill itself right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra250 Tn View Post
    hole to small to get a nut on there?
    yep; the "sheath" or holder that secures the bolt would get in the way + too narrow.

    So, let's say I drill it / screw it out, what would I replace it with?

    There is a little access door with removable rivets a bit down and in front of this area inside the tub, I'm gonna remove it and see if I can tell.

    Thanks again guys..

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    related question

    Sorry about that hood snapping off.

    I want to mount two small cleats forward on the upper hull deck.

    Usually you just drill a hole and thru bolt with a backing plate. Howerver I can't get
    to the inside of the deck because of that molded in tub.
    I was thinking there might be some type of female threaded collar you could mount
    on the surface of the deck and then just machine bolt the cleats to it.
    Anyone know of something like this?

    I saw the small access panel for the engine exhaust with those little buttons.
    However it's in the wrong place for acessing the deck to mount the cleats.

    Maybe this would be a fix for Lord Black's problem. Just put a "threaded collar" in
    that hole via epoxy and you could then use a reg bolt to attach the hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordblack View Post

    So, let's say I drill it / screw it out, what would I replace it with?

    ..
    Stainless steel stud with red lock-tite on one end and a ny-lock nut on the other..

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