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Old 10-01-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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Need Help..Side Step Mounting

Ok so I decided to take of the factory side steps...so I got them off no problem....I decided to put the bolts back in...I noticed when I went to put them back in a couple started crooked...so I tried to re-install them straight...tightening....then loosening...and tightening again...well the threaded piece in the frame starting turning....now i can't tightening it...or loosening it...now what?...anybody had this happen?

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I would have just left them out. I think the easiest way to solve this is to get an angle grinder and cut that bolt off and leave the rest out.

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Old 10-01-2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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Yeah but won't I need these to mount a new step or side protection piece...? can you knock them out and replace them? not sue how they are into the frame.
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Well it depends. Some of the tubular bars use the factory mounts and some don't. Those tubular bars don't protect much. They are mostly for looks and to be used as a step. If you want real protection get some rocker guards or rock sliders. Same thing. Those fasten to the body and not the frame and would not use those holes. Or if your jeep is mainly a on road vehicle just don't put anything on because they really are there to prevent rock rash from rock crawling.

If you really want that out of there and want to replace it you will have to cut the bolt off and drill out the nutsert and replace it. The nutserts crimp in with a special tool. They go in just like a pop rivet.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:43 PM   #5
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sounds good....not going to be doing much serious off road use...was thinking on getting the side ones to match the bumpers I have...but some of that side protection you are talking about it pretty kewl as well...thanks for the info...Ron
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:28 AM   #6
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If I may revive this thread. I am attempting to install some Nerf Bars. I wanted to go out and buy 4 of these Bolts in question.

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Where would I find them just in-case I run into an instance where we need to cut them out and put in new ones? Can they be found at the hardware store or should I run to a jeep parts dealer? Do you know the dimensions?
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:07 AM   #7
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Here we are



Does anyone know the dimensions, specs, or where I could find these bolts?

I am going to be mounting my Nerf Bars this Thursday, I'd like to have some of these on hand incase we need to cut one out.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:48 AM   #8
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Those are the body mount bolts, notorious for getting rust-stuck. Start spraying them daily with PB Blaster to help free them up. Use the spray nozzle tube to get to the top of that bolt through one of the access holes around it. I was able to pick up a few replacement bolts at the local Ace hardware, don't recall what size they were though.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:57 AM   #9
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Ryan,

Thank you for getting back to me on this. Glad to hear that you can find some at a hardware store as I was reading threads about nutserts and more (little pricey).

Uh, the Jeep is not going to fall on top of me if I unscrew these will it ? hah. I've never done this before so I guess I am asking, can I just lie down and undue these bolts or should I be using my hi-lift jack and prop the jeep up before unbolting?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:16 PM   #10
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And for anyone with a future question as I have had here...Here is a nice chart for the TJ's

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The tub is resting on the frame, anchored at those points along with others. Yes, you can remove those bolts without bracing anything, just do one side at a time. The key there is to bathe the threads in penetrating oil (not wd-40) for a day or two first if there's any rust on the threads. You don't want to snap it off in there, or snap the weld nut loose from the body.

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