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Old 10-20-2016, 08:06 PM   #1
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How to remove these rivets?

These are the rivets holding the wheel well to the fiberglass wheel opening. Some still have the steel pin attached like the bottom picture. I don't think I can drill them out like the ones without the pins like the top picture. Any ideas how I can remove them?

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You can drill them. I do it all the time. If ur worried about the pins, put a small punch in there and tap it. It will fall out. Curious tho, how that little sucker is still in there.

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Old 10-20-2016, 08:17 PM   #3
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Don't make like a gorilla if you use the hammer and small punch unless you like to do fiberglass work, a good sharp drill bit is more than adequate to get the job done.
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:18 AM   #4
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Light center punch as described by others and drill.

You can use a regular drill bit. You may want to start with a small bit if steel rivets. With an aluminum rivet you can probably use the core size right from the get go.

I would suggest taking a thin piece of Plexiglas or an old floor tile / wood paneling or the likes ( something thin) about 2 inch square and drilling a hole in the center the size of the of the outside diameter of that rivet and taping it in place with the hole over the rivet while you drill out each rivet …just for cheap insurance……. Because if you have luck like mine and without using some sort of protection.... you’re likely to sign your name in the painted fiberglass panel with your electric drill … and you won’t be happy.

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Old 10-22-2016, 12:18 PM   #5
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I carry a step drill set in my rivet kit These work well for removing rivets

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