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Old 04-27-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Can't remove body mount bolts-ACE rock sliders

I'm trying to remove my body mount bolts to install my ACE rock sliders and I can't get the bolts removed. They unscrew a little and then I unscrew and unscrew and they won't come out. 2012 sport. Is there a trick to this?
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Never mind I figured it out. You just need to keep unscrewing a LOT

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Old 04-27-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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Use something, pliers or vise grips, to pull down on the bolt as you turn it. Mine were a bit sticky but they came out without too much trouble.

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Old 04-27-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Pry downward with a flat tip screw driver as you turn the bolt. There is a clip holding it in place.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:24 PM   #4
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It's easier to do with someone else, in case you're not.

Both removing the bolts and putting them back on.

I was ready to give up before my neighbor came out.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:19 AM   #5
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I had the same problem and some issue putting them back in. Here is a copy/paste job from a post i did earlier.

Removing Bolts- I did have problems getting the body mount screws off.One came off easy. The rest didn't want to come off. I got to a point where they were just spinning. I think maybe the threads on the very end were catching on something. It wouldn't pull up or down but it would rotate quite a bit and free spin. I ended up pulling with a good amount of force down on the washer while ratcheting them off. Eventually they came out this way unharmed.

Installing Bolts- On one side the bolts resisted going in. I tried and tried to get it lined up right while holding up the rail with a jack. While I did end up finding a solution after they really didn't want to go. I took the socket and extender out of the ratchet and taped it a couple of times with a rubber mallet. Did the trick and it was easy sailing from there.


INSTALL NOTES WORTH MENTIONING
  • The washer can get super hot when grinding it down. I would recommend using a locking wrench to hold while sanding. Also it will keep you hand out of the sander unlike Adam in the video.
  • 18 Socket with extender (3/4" is technically a 19mm but will work)
  • Tighten to 80 ft/lb
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:23 AM   #6
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Use something, pliers or vise grips, to pull down on the bolt as you turn it. Mine were a bit sticky but they came out without too much trouble.

^ this. the nut into which the bolt locks will spin freely if it catches to something on the bolt, like the loctite at the end, so if you can pry/pull down on the bolt while removing you will force the nut down and it will stop spinning with the bolt. Vise grips worked perfectly for me.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #7
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I did this last weekend and noticed that there is a very thin sheet metal nut between the body mount and the body nut itself. I think it's put there to allow Jeep to put the bolts in the frame prior to the body frame join. They do get in the way of putting the bolts back in, but a little tap will get you past them.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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I did this last weekend and noticed that there is a very thin sheet metal nut between the body mount and the body nut itself. I think it's put there to allow Jeep to put the bolts in the frame prior to the body frame join. They do get in the way of putting the bolts back in, but a little tap will get you past them.
Actually, I should have called it a "thin sheet metal keeper" and not a nut.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:22 AM   #9
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I use an open end wrench to putdownward force on the washer. That usually does the trick if there is room for one.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #10
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Smile Same issue with 2" Nerf Bars

I had this issue today with a set of 2" nerf bars for my 4-door JK. We did as described below but used two vise grips on each side of the washer. One person pulled down on the vise grips while the other continued to ratchet. Worked like a charm!

Thanks everyone for this thread and Rooster76 for the very detailed reply!
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Talking Glad I could help

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I had this issue today with a set of 2" nerf bars for my 4-door JK. We did as described below but used two vise grips on each side of the washer. One person pulled down on the vise grips while the other continued to ratchet. Worked like a charm!

Thanks everyone for this thread and Rooster76 for the very detailed reply!
I'm glad I could help. I decided to put the tips on the youTube instructions.

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:56 AM   #12
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Great info here, I was stumped.... Wrangler Forum to the rescue again....
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:18 PM   #13
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On my 2009 I found that there was some slots near the bolt holes. I used a punch in the slot and spun the keeper around till it was bound and they all came off. I tightened them back up the same way.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:34 AM   #14
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Great info here, I was stumped.... Wrangler Forum to the rescue again....
dOUBle that!

I was stuck as well, but did a quick wrangler forum search on my phone.
Found out how to get the bolts out (pull down with vice grips), what size socket to use - 18, and what to torque to - 80.



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I was having the same problem and the advice on this thread saved the day! Using a flat-head screwdriver to apply downward force while unscrewing helped get the bolts off easily, and when putting them back on gently tapping the bolts with a rubber mallet helped them go back in just as easily as they came off.

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