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I need some help here and I hope that there is someone that can answer this question. I have a 2003 Toyota Tacoma and I want to add some bigger fender flairs on the truck, I want to use what are called pop rivet nuts. The pop rivet nuts are inserted just like a pop rivet but it has a nut on the back of it so that you can use a small bolt. The screws that came with the fender flairs are called self tapping screws and they seem to wallow out after time. I need to know what the thickness of a typical fender is so that I can order the right pop rivet nuts. The pop rivet nuts only come in sizes for gauge metal. Does anyone know what gauge a finder is so that I can order the right pop rivet nuts. Thanks for any input.

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lemonie

9 years ago

Pop-rivets seem to be a favorite with bus-engineers where I live, there's hardly anything they won't have a go at with sheet metal and pop-rivets (body-filler is option 2). I'd get some big rivets, say 3/4 inch long (on the actual rivet). But make sure you back them up with the appropriate washers.

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caitlinsdad

9 years ago

I guess you can get a cheap caliper and measure the thickness. Rivets are cheap enough to get an assortment but you may want to get various lengths if you don't get a perfect fit when you mount the fender. You can always get a washer or two to build up thickness if not a good fit or to reinforce the grip. Good luck.