by Leo Doyle
I have found the EXACT replacement for the original Litestar anchors. They are called Rivnut PN-Plusnut(tm). Their website address is:
www.bollhoff-rivnut.com The part number is S10P175
These are made to be used on materials like fiberglass. The tool used to afix these anchors is a bit on the pricey side (about $100).
Here's what I did:
Drill out the old damaged fastener, put the new one in place and use the tool to permanently install them. There were some places where the fiberglass was damaged to the point that screw heads would go right thru the material.
First, I prepped the Pulse's fiberglass around the holes to be repaired by removing loose material, sanding the front and back, and cleaning up the dust created. I chopped up some fiberglass sheet material into small pieces. I then mixed up the resin and hardener, then mixed in the chopped up sheets to form a workable paste. I then filled in the larger holes to be repaired with this mixture. I used clear packing tape to keep the material in place and keep it from flowing down the side.
When dry, I sanded the material to match the rest of the Pulse's surface. I then drilled new holes into this to fix the damaged areas. Where I put in the screws into the materials, I countersank the holes after drilling to better accomodate the bolts.
I just finished my one Pulse and went for a test drive. The repairs held great - the Pulse is also a lot quieter now!
Use stainless steel screws.
Click Bond are good fasteners too!