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Old 12-16-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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Bolt on side steps

Picking up a set from a guy Wednesday and I like them better then the bolt on tube style that are on there now. I know I'll have to drill holes into the cab but can I just use some grade 8 bolts and lock washers and blue thread lock or do I need the nut inserts




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Old 12-17-2012, 07:29 AM   #2
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I guess I'm on my own on this one lol. I'll use the above hardware with locking nuts.

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Old 12-17-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
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Bolts and nuts. No inserts
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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Have you looked into Nylock nuts? Also be sure to protect the holes you drill as these will be prime spots for rust to form.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:49 AM   #5
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Have you looked into Nylock nuts? Also be sure to protect the holes you drill as these will be prime spots for rust to form.
Yeah that's what I meant by locking nuts thanks. Yeah I'm going to put some primer on the wholes when done drilling. Thanks for the tip
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I don't know what type of primer you plan to use but I have found that epoxy primer is very durable. When I drill holes I will get a good deal of primer on a scrap piece of cardboard and use a small brush to make sure I coat the edges of the drilled hole too. It may be over kill but I don't need to help the Wisconsin winter anymore then need be.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:59 AM   #7
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I was just going to use a regular primer but I'll look into the epoxy primer. I live near the Florida/Alabama border so our winters are pretty much non existent lol
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:37 PM   #8
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So I picked them up today with no hardware. Stopped by lowes and the top mounting holes are 1/2" so I bought 1/2 bolts and a washer for inside the cab with nylon locking nuts. Question is I've read some installs and they say they use a thin rubber gasket behind it. Mine didn't come with any so should I use anything or just drill and bolt it up. I read also someone ran a bead of black RTV sealant around the edge. Any suggestions?
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So I picked them up today with no hardware. Stopped by lowes and the top mounting holes are 1/2" so I bought 1/2 bolts and a washer for inside the cab with nylon locking nuts. Question is I've read some installs and they say they use a thin rubber gasket behind it. Mine didn't come with any so should I use anything or just drill and bolt it up. I read also someone ran a bead of black RTV sealant around the edge. Any suggestions?
I've heard that the rtv won't come off unless the paint comes with it. Could be a problem if you ever have to take them off.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:09 PM   #10
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Try some strip caulk around the holes before you put the steps on, that will keep water from getting in the holes. Do this on both sides , where the panel meets the body and where the nuts go.

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