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Metal inserts specifically designed to be pressed into plastic.
High quality stainless steel machine cap screws. #2-56 thread. Various lengths for different holes in the 9x.
Two posts. left is before drilling, right is after drilling.
Here's an insert ready to go in.
After the insert has been pressed flush with the plastic
The backplane after all 4 inserts are in.
backplane after all is said and done. Washers are required for these 4 screws only because the holes are a little larger. I noticed on BOTH my radios, there are 5 holes but only 4 screws. I'm assuming they're all like that and I left the 5th alone.
Here's a look at the front body with the inserts all in place. I've highlighted the inserts with circles. Green circles were easy to drill; orange circles took some care; the red circle represents the post that is easily damaged.
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