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Hello,
Ive been working on installing my expo one bumper all day and have hit a few annoying road blocks and could use some advice. As some of you may know, my fj was rear ended while parked in front of my house. I have it back now and decided to upgrade it vs reinstall the stock equipment.

I bought the quick release hitch, If anyone has installed one of these please help lol. There are two bolts that have a piece of wire welded on the head to help feed them through the frame. They mount inside the frame with the nut on the exterior of the rear frame rail (Facing front of car.) I cant for the life of me, get those in, it feels like the bolt is just a tad to long to get it straight enough to slide it in place.
Secondly, There are two bolts that screw into the frame on the bottom side, these will not thread. Should i retap these?

Now on to the bumper, Ive pretty much got it installed except i cant bolt it to the frame. The supplied bolts do not catch anything when placed in the holes and almost feel way too thin (You can rattle the bolts around.) These mount where the tow hook mounts (the other side has matching holes.) The body shop said the tow hook was still mounted to the frame when they got it from me but they removed it because it was damaged. It doesn't feel like there are any nuts inside the frame, i shined a flashlight into the hole though and i do see maybe an 1/8 plate right above the hole in the frame. It does SORT OF look like there could have been threads in that at some point, but its awful thin to be the nut.

I thought about welding the bumper to the frame, but then i remembered that you cannot access the lights with the bumper on, so at some point when the bulbs go out I cannot replace them if i weld it.
Another thought was to drill a hole all the way through the frame and buy a longer bolt. I do not know if this would cause any issues or not.

The supplied bolt is a m12 bolt, Is this the correct size?

Any help would be appreciated. I need to go out of town in a few days and I would rather not drive 16 hours with a half ass loose bumper haha.

Thanks
 

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After looking further with a better flashlight, Ive determined there is not a nut inside the frame mounts for the bumper, they are completely gone. There are nuts in the frame to mount the lower hitch bolts and they are just rusty
 

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I have the Expo One rear and when removing the after market hitch some of the nuts/bolts broke the spot welds inside the frame. What I did was cut a slit into the frame with a cut off wheel and place the bolts up there and use different nuts to attach it to the frame. I can then either weld that piece back on or leave it open for anything I would need to adjust later. I hope this helps with your situation and that you can get it figured out.
 

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Its too hard to drill it out in that space, I cant find any smaller bits that are long enough, and its too hard to only use the 1/2" bit. I thought about cutting a box out in the side of the frame rail but would rather not, I did try a bolt with a piece of wire welded on that came with the hitch and i can get that in there from one hole in the frame. Looks like that is the best bet at this point. Hopefully the wire is enough to keep the bolt from spinning
 

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Hey,

I just had this happen to my frame.

Check this video this video from e-trailers. I got the carriage bolt and metal piece at ace hardware and the bolt fish from Amazon. It worked like a charm.

HTH
To expand on this, if you go to a UHaul they should have this style bolt and plate as they are how all hitches are installed. They should also be able to give you some of the wires which are coiled on the end so you can fish the bolt through the frame.
 

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Hey,

I just had this happen to my frame.

Check this video this video from e-trailers. I got the carriage bolt and metal piece at ace hardware and the bolt fish from Amazon. It worked like a charm.

HTH
To expand on this, if you go to a UHaul they should have this style bolt and plate as they are how all hitches are installed. They should also be able to give you some of the wires which are coiled on the end so you can fish the bolt through the frame.
 
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