Bolt head protectors - for 'skid plates'

Bolt head protectors - for 'skid plates'

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johnpsanderson

Original Poster:

265 posts

168 months

Tuesday 18th May
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Apologies if this is the wrong place to post - but the Land Rover forum looked to be the best place on PH to seek advice on this.

I am looking to buy a handful of 'bolt head protectors' (other names are i'm sure available) - along the lines of these things:
https://www.barnes4wd.com/58-to-34-Bolt-Head-Protector_p_1307.html - but in an M8 fitting.

For my application it's to protect some exposed bolt heads under a Caterham-type car I am building. It has a flat floor, but unavoidably some bolt heads will protrude and these protectors seem a great way to reduce risk of damage from any road debris, speed bumps, etc.

These bolt head protectors seem to be used elsewhere in the world where 4x4 drivers fit skid plates/underbody protection/etc - but I can't turnup any UK suppliers, are there any?...

camel_landy

3,682 posts

151 months

Tuesday 18th May
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Do you have enough material to countersink instead?

All of the underbody armour plates I've used, have been fixed to a frame using countersunk hex bolts. However, as the plate is circa 8-10mm thick, there's plenty of material for the countersunk hole.

M

Scrump

14,767 posts

126 months

Tuesday 18th May
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OP, if you don’t get an answer here then hit the ‘report’ button and let us know and we can move this to offroad where you may find a solution.
Scrump (moderator)

johnpsanderson

Original Poster:

265 posts

168 months

Tuesday 18th May
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Thanks both - apols Scrump, didn't spot the Off-Road section, would have aimed for that first.

Countersinking not an option unfortunately, floor panel is only 3mm.

Scrump

14,767 posts

126 months

Wednesday 19th May
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Moved to Off Road. Hope you find a solution.

camel_landy

3,682 posts

151 months

Wednesday 19th May
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johnpsanderson said:
Countersinking not an option unfortunately, floor panel is only 3mm.
In that case, another option to consider are 'Socket head button screws':

https://www.westfieldfasteners.co.uk/A2_ScrewBolt_...
https://www.westfieldfasteners.co.uk/A2_ScrewBolt_...

HTH

M

Pica-Pica

8,508 posts

52 months

Wednesday 19th May
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camel_landy said:
johnpsanderson said:
Countersinking not an option unfortunately, floor panel is only 3mm.
In that case, another option to consider are 'Socket head button screws':

https://www.westfieldfasteners.co.uk/A2_ScrewBolt_...
https://www.westfieldfasteners.co.uk/A2_ScrewBolt_...

HTH

M
Agreed. I don’t see the need for anything more than a pan-head internal torx drive bolt, as suggested. Or if grime inside the torx head will be an issue, then a flange-head external hexagon drive, these are commonplace on under shields.

Edited by Pica-Pica on Wednesday 19th May 11:55

Smint

103 posts

3 months

Wednesday 19th May
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camel_landy said:
In that case, another option to consider are 'Socket head button screws':

https://www.westfieldfasteners.co.uk/A2_ScrewBolt_...
https://www.westfieldfasteners.co.uk/A2_ScrewBolt_...

HTH

M
Used those on the bash plates under my Landcruiser, cheap as chips don't rust and do the job well.