Help with OEM Tubular Chrome Sidestep hardware

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I am at a loss and need some direction.

I inherited my dad’s 2012 unlimited sport. Love the fact it is SO analog. Complete opposite of my daily driver. I upgraded the 16 inch steelies with OEM Sahara take offs. Part of the package was a set of 2016 OEM Sahara side steps complete with brackets BUT missing some bolts.

Brackets line up perfect. I have all of the 6M hardware for the back of the mounting plates at the pinch weld. I cannot for the life of me get a bolt to fit in the factory “nuts” that exist in the underside of the floor pan

I have been to 2 different dealers. Both say there is NO kit and none of their manuals give any size for the 6 missing bolts. I have made 2 trips to Fastenal too.

I gently cleaned out the holes to accept bolts. Have tried the 8m. Too big. It won’t bite as it is exceeds the diameter of the hole. 7m Tries to bite but it is a smidge too small. It slides in. Tried standard size too. Either too big or too small. Frustrated beyond anything at this point.

Any suggestions? What am I missing?

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