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Where to get a Rivnut(6 posts)

Where to get a RivnutDustBowl
Aug 27, 2003 1:01 PM
My aluminum tubed Schwinn has a loose water bottle mount. The mounts are not tapped into the frame but seem to be something like a threaded rivet. This rattling is driving me nuts and I would love to drill it out and replace it but can't find a good source for the particular piece. Does anyone know where I could find one without the inconvenience of having to buy 1000 at a time?
Many Thanks!
re: Where to get a Rivnutrollo tommassi
Aug 27, 2003 2:29 PM
The company that makes them is called Ball-Hof, they're in Indiana. The tool comes with 10 inserts. They don't normally sell retail, so if you can't get it from them, I can get it for you.
no need to replace itwilsonc
Aug 27, 2003 4:41 PM
i had two loose ones on my Klein, and I started going thru the process of figuring out how to drill it out, and where to get the tool from...

this is what I did to fix it without the tool, and i havent had any problems for the last couple thousand miles. mount a water bottle cage on the mount. on the loose one, the bolt will probably tighten up to a point, and then the rivnut will start spinning. at this point, press the water bottle cage hard against the frame to help prevent the rivnut from spinning (you will be sandwiching the rivnut between the frame and the water bottle cage to prevent it from spinning). then tighten the bolt extra tight, to the point where it "re-rivets" the rivnut. even if the rivnut cracks a bit, no big deal as long as it is tight. you'll never see the crack if a bottle cage is on, and its a quick, cheap, easy fix.

re: Where to get a Rivnutukiahb
Aug 27, 2003 7:47 PM
If you do end up needing rivnuts or tools McMaster-Carr or Aircraft Spruce would be a good source...both have great web sites and catalogs FWIW
re: Where to get a Rivnutcurlybike
Aug 28, 2003 6:23 AM
If you are in the DC area, I can hook you up.
re: Where to get a RivnutMShaw
Aug 28, 2003 10:02 AM
I have a friend that's an auto mechanic that owns the tool. Check with your mechanic to see if they do too. That way, you don't have to cough up the dough for something you may never use again.