Just get the tap and clean the threads. Should do the trick. When I installed my hitch I just loosened up the plastic bumper and pried it open enough to put the bolts in then used a dremal to trim the silver facia.But for real: everything is a freakin' PITA mod for me cos there is always at least one thing that goes wrong. Case in point: last night I am trying to install my factory hitch. So after running back inside several times to search the forum for 1. How to unclip the backup sensor connectors (which were caked in mud by the way) and 2: how to unsnap the rear bumper fascia after all the screws and clips are removed, I start putting in the bolts to make sure they are going to go in ok and the two on the bottom won't go in at all. I am guessing I am going to have to go get a tap and dye kit and re-tap the threads. So now I am driving around with my hitch "installed" by only 4 bolts and no rear bumper fascia.
But I was at least treated to this which gave me a laugh. Yes, that is styrofoam
Thanks! I went by a Napa and that is the size he gave me but they didn't have it there. Told me another Napa that is on my way home has it but they are closed now (Atlanta is shut down today). Went by Lowes but they were clueless.The tap you are looking for is a 12 X 1.25 mm. This is not a common tap in most tap and die sets so make sure you are getting what you need if you buy a full set. I bought mine as a single at a Car Quest auto store. I have also seen them at NAPA stores. Auto Zone and Advanced uto are not likely to carry them.
All the capture bolts for the rear bumpers and stock hitch as well as the two capture nuts used for most front bumpers are this size.