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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:01 AM

Hi all,

Yesterday I attemped to undo the main earth where it bolts on to the body next to the wing, its only a speed bolt (thick course 10mm) Im guessing it has a body fastner (if thats what they are called :huh: ) the thing is it feels like its going to snap so I want to get a new one before I attempt it. I know access is restricted by the plastic inner wing cover but its partly broken and I have a brand new one to fit.

Dose anyone know the proper name for the 'body fastner' and where i can get a replacement?

look forward to the chat :)

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:05 AM

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:25 AM

Google star washers .... is that what your looking for ?


Hey Dan thanks for your reply, No its like a small bit of sheet steel rectangular and foloded in half to bake a square with a hole through the center which is 'threaded' to accept a course self tapping 10mm bolt, they are used every where but I have no idea what they are called.

Maybe ford or halfords will have them...for a price £££££

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:35 AM

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

Try searching for "captive nuts" :rolleyes:


Woohoo second & third image on google images, thems the boys!!
the second one looks like its for course 'speed bolts'

Nice one mate :D

think I'll ask the guy in halfords if he has captive nuts :lol:

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just called quickco, they sell a 'kit' battery strap, bolt and captive nut for a randsome of £35 dont think I'll be calling them back any time soon

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:55 AM

They're called Spire Nuts.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:51 AM

They're called Spire Nuts.


Hey mjt

Cheers for that mate :)
Armed with this information I set off to the local motor factors and iorn momgers....they didn't have a clue what I was on about, I even showed them a pic but I was graced with the standard reply 'No, we dont keep them'

Finally I went into Halford were there was a choise of sizes (halfords call them 'U clips') I almost didn't mind paying 2.50 for 4. They even had a kit for a few more gold coins, so I suppose its fair play to Halfords on this one :P

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 09:19 PM

Hey Folks

Need to add the ending to this one...all be it with a red face :(

Its actually not a spire clip the earth bolt screws into, there is captive nut welded to the underside.... It just felt like a spire clip.

But its not all been a waste of time and band width, at least we all know what a spire clip is :P

by the way, the 10mm bolt did snap and you will know the result if you have read my "Oups" thread, talk about Lucky white heather lol


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