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Old 05-02-2008, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DIY: Rivnut puller for install of trunk Cargo Net

I had a cargo net in my last car and severely missed it in my Si. So I bought my cargo net almost 2 years ago but never installed it due to a pesky little tool called a Rivnut tool that the kit doesn't include. Rivnuts turn an ordinary hole into a threaded hole in which you can screw the cargo net hooks into. They look like this:


I believe College Hills Honda rents them out for like $81 (of which $71 is credited back once its returned) and buying one online is ridiculously expensive as well, so I figured why not try and make my own.

I think I spent about $4 in parts on this and its easy to use. Heres what you need:
1 long hex head bolt

1 8mm hex nut (oversized)
1 6mm hex nut
2 6mm flat washers
a 10mm bolt driver (or a 10mm wrench)
a 10mm wrench (in addition to the optional 10mm wrench above)
a 13mm wrench

So heres what you got:



1. Assemble it like this:


2. Then screw the Rivnut onto the end of your Rivnut puller (sorry, no pics of it on the tool)

3. Add some hand soap in between the 6mm nut and washer to lubricate it.


4. Slide the Rivnut with the Rivnut puller attached into the hole.

5. Then start pulling the Rivnut.

6. Hold the oversized nut and hex bolt still while turning the 6mm nut clockwise.


7. Just keep turning the 6mm nut until its tight, then remove the bolt from the Rivnut and your done.



The Rivnut ends up going from this:


To this:


And you're done! Enjoy your Cargo net!
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice!!! Any installed pics??
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm going to try and find another dealer to put them in for me if nothing then this will have to do... this is sooo funy... my dealer this morning told me this would take a 1 hour apt. to install with the proper tool. More like 5 min. LMAO

Thanks for the DIY and well done-
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Old 05-02-2008, 11:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, I don't have any installed pics right now. But when I get home from work, I can snap a few. I love this thing already, it keeps everything from sliding around all over my trunk!

And to senfinger, I wouldn't even both woth the dealer man, this is SO easy to do, it took me maybe 30 minutes to do, only because I had to SLIGHTLY enlarge the hole the Rivnut went into. It was just a bit too small. But the actual pulling of the Rivnuts took a whole 5 minutes for both. Easy!
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Dude!!! You freaking rock... (You are a brain LMAO)

Thanks again for a hell of a DIY...

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Good, you got a pic of it being installed. Glad it worked for you!
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Worked like a charm! (Sorry for the camera phone pic lol) I did have to drill I believe a 3/8 just for the rivnut to go in the hole... other then that some touch-up paint/vacuuming and 3 minutes of tightening on each side! +1,000,000 rep for you!
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice write up Makes it worth while to get one
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Trust me, its awesome!
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I spent .62 cents on the 6 mm bolts/nuts/washers at an auto parts store. They really should have installed the hardware at the factory since most dealers always add moonroof visors, mud guards, trunk trays and other accessories to jack up the price.
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Pretty much, its just another reason for them to charge you money. But with a little thinking, we can get around little things like this!
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Nice! I had to rent one from CHH, wish I had known it could have been done with some basic parts!
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Worked like a champ. Thanks.
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Can't wait to try this...
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T517Z@15psi stock K20Z3
did almost the same thing a few weeks ago..

but when i searched i found this DIY DIY 09 Cargo net install - Honda-Tech

same solution.. diferent hardware.. =]

thanks DIY freak guys!
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never thought to do it that way, great DIY
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I just did this (the install of the trunk net), using this tool.

I actually wasn't able to do it exactly as described above, so I simplified it. As I did it, I put it together as simply the 6mm bolt, a 6mm nut, a washer, and the rivnut itself. I then held the bolt steady as described above, while turning the 6mm nut clockwise. This pulled the bolt out from the side of the car without turning it, thereby squishing the rivnut as intended... and it worked like a charm. The other way, it kept skipping and locking the two nuts together on the bolt.

Anyway, this was a great start in my case, and I wouldn't have gotten it done otherwise.
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Thanks - this worked well
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woww nicee i needa do this
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