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Old 01-05-2005, 05:57 PM
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I sort of see where he was going with that method but I don't really like the idea of creating a heat affected zone @ the bolt threads. Since the bolt is not in shear, just in tension, by doing a good penetrating weld @ the bolt shoulder/bumper interface, as far as the bolt threads knowthey are doing the same work as if the bolt were just dropped in the hole. The threads don't really need any added support that the washer might add but you could do damage to its strength by welding in that critical area. Probably doesn't matter, both methods will hold the bumper on!
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