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Introduction

The tripod threads of the Nikon D90 can sometimes become striped or damaged. This guide shows how to replace the tripod thread plate in the bottom case of the Nikon D90. Be careful not to strip the screws when disassembling the camera. Also, be careful not to pull out any of the wires when removing the tripod thread plate. Upon completion of this guide, you can again mount your camera on a tripod.

  1. Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Bottom Casing: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Turn the camera so the bottom casing is facing up.

  2. Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing  Screws from the Bottom Casing: step 2, image 1 of 2 Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing  Screws from the Bottom Casing: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Next, use a PH00 screwdriver to remove the screws from the bottom casing.

    • Remove the four 5.3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Remove the three other 6.3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Be careful not to strip the screws.

  3. Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing the Bottom Case: step 3, image 1 of 2 Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing the Bottom Case: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Next, use a plastic opening tool and carefully pop off the bottom case.

    • Then, lift and remove the bottom case.

  4. Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing Screws: step 4, image 1 of 2 Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing Screws: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Next, remove the five 5.3 mm Phillips screws.

  5. Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Taking Out the Plate: step 5, image 1 of 2 Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Taking Out the Plate: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Now use a plastic opening tool and carefully pop off the metal tripod thread plate.

    • Be careful to not pull on any wires under the thread plate.

  6. Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing the Plate from the Camera: step 6, image 1 of 2 Nikon D90 Tripod Thread Plate Replacement, Removing the Plate from the Camera: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully wiggle the yellow metal tab to remove the plate.

    • Be careful not to pull hard and damage any other pieces.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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hamdyalchip - Reply

Thanks for the guide, this gives me a good idea how to go about this on a D3000.

However: “Next, use a PH00 screwdriver to remove the screws from the bottom casing. Remove the Phillips screws. Be careful not to strip the screws.”

Nikon does not use Phillips screws, they are JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) screws.

They are not the same and to not have the “cam out” feature of Phillips which is designed to prevent heads being sheared off.

The easiest way to strip JIS screws is by using a Phillips screwdriver.

Use the correct JIS screwdriver and you’ll have no problem.

Cheers

Mark Roy - Reply

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