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Old 08-08-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Exclamation Help! Side Step Removal

I have decided to remove the factory side steps. I have gotten the passenger side off with only one bolt giving me an issue. The driver side has become a disaster. I have gotten one bolt out. The other 6 are Spinning. What can I do? I really need some help on this one.

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Old 08-08-2011, 11:52 AM   #2
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Just cut the bolt heads off with a grinder

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Old 08-08-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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sometimes having someone standing on the step will you unscrew the bolts works, the downward pressure holds the nuts in place
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:28 PM   #4
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I don't own a grinder but I'll try to stand on it
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:29 PM   #5
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for the love of god don't stand on it yourself while you're the one unbolting... but if you insist... please get video of when the final bolt lets loose.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:32 PM   #6
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I'll make someone else unbolt so we can have an ER trip with no side steps.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:37 PM   #7
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I fell out of my office chair after reading this. Thanks for the laugh. My co-worker fell out of his chair laughing at me laughing...
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:40 PM   #8
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Two of the bolts are far enough to get a screw driver behind the head but I don't know what to do. The hole seems bigger than the bolt by more than a normal amount
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:42 PM   #9
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use a big screwdriver or a prybar between the back plate of the step and the frame to keep the nutsert from spinning, it shouldn't be too hard to get them off. But you will have to install new nutserts if you ever want to put the steps back on.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:00 PM   #10
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anything else? what about some PB blaster or something?
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:03 PM   #11
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air tools with quick bursts along with pressure from the pry bar could help you out here.
PB Blaster will be a double edged sword. it will help the bolt spin in the nut, but the over spray will help the nut spin on the frame.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:10 PM   #12
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I fell out of my office chair after reading this. Thanks for the laugh. My co-worker fell out of his chair laughing at me laughing...
You guys need seat belts!!

To OP, I've had many a stubborn body bolt to remove (on flares and stone guards) and have found the best and quickest way is, as was mentioned, grinding them off. Used a rotary tool with grinding stone bit.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:24 PM   #13
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what if I just use a pry bar to break the heads off?
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:44 PM   #14
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By shear luck I now have only 5 Bolts to go but I can't get the pry bar under anymore bolt heads. Now what?
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:33 PM   #15
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Now down to 4 bolts but I can't get anything under the bolts to pry now.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:04 PM   #16
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OK the bolts left are the bottom two on the front plate and the left and bottom on the rear triangle plate
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:06 PM   #17
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I can no longer fit a pry bar or screw driver between the bolt and plate.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:15 PM   #18
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drilll the heads off if you don't have a grinder
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:21 PM   #19
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drilll the heads off if you don't have a grinder
How do you do that? the bit doesn't go through the bolt head
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:35 PM   #20
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Well, I have mixed news. I got the front 4 bolt bar off. Bad news, the step was broken off the rear bar and now the bar is the only thing left. now what?
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Man.......... Go buy a cheap grinder.....
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:33 AM   #22
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I had the factory tubes on mine. I had the same issues as you. I ended up using my grinder with the cutting wheel. I literally had to cut that thing up just to get to the bolts, which I then had to grind off.
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Man.......... Go buy a cheap grinder.....
I picked up an extra one at Harbor Freight for $8 the other day. Got a pack of 4" wheels for like $4. It's just an extra to have around incase the dewalt craps out but for $12 you could have been done hours ago...

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Old 08-09-2011, 08:52 AM   #24
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I did it. I got that bar off with a hammer, pry bar, and socket wrench. The head half sheared off the bottom bolt drawing a few words but after I got the top one out it was my 154 pound frame jumping on the bar and that miraculously worked out.
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I did it. I got that bar off with a hammer, pry bar, and socket wrench. The head half sheared off the bottom bolt drawing a few words but after I got the top one out it was my 154 pound frame jumping on the bar and that miraculously worked out.
Congrats!

Don't you love it when a 10 minute job turns into days?
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I'm gonna remember this when I order my new nerf bars...
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:06 AM   #27
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any interest in selling your stock ones?

i could use a step< esp once i lift it
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Congrats!

Don't you love it when a 10 minute job turns into days?
Mine came off in 10 minutes.
But they were only a week old.
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:03 PM   #29
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You can all begin to refer to me as the luckiest S.O.B. or HE-BOY. Whichever floats your boat. And I now have a thread that should never be turned into a how-to. Maybe a "Don't do this" thread?

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