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appleman46 04-30-2012 05:13 PM

Washers for ACE rails?
 
So I don't have a way to grind the washers to fit my ACE rails and I was thinking why don't I buy these:

Replacement Rectangular Washer for Thule Ride-On Adapter Thule Accessories and Parts 853-2154

rectangular washers!!

Do you think they would work?

MTH 04-30-2012 05:19 PM

Or . . . . Angle Grinder - Save on this 4-1/2" Angle Grinder

stans1stjeep 04-30-2012 05:20 PM

No dimensions, can't tell. Why don't you call Adam at ACE, explain your problem and see if he will ship you some washers with the flat ground on them.

Call before Noon, he seems to be in the shop in the morning.

kjeeper10 04-30-2012 05:21 PM

Or send to me, and I'll grind at work for a low low price of $4.99 plus shipping :D

appleman46 04-30-2012 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MTH (Post 2319674)


So much more work....

snikt 04-30-2012 05:23 PM

15$ for an angle grinder? That will last about 2 minutes

appleman46 04-30-2012 05:23 PM

I already talked to Adam, that was a no go., I'll probably just end up buying my own grinder, never know when you'll need it.

strider_mt2k 04-30-2012 05:24 PM

The washers are press-fit onto the bolts so removal will be challenging.

If you run out of options, talk to your local garage or metal shop and ask 'em how much they'd charge you to grind them down.

It's only like 1/4-inch on each side, so it isn't much really.

I was in the same position, with access only a bench grinder at work.
I obtained permission, removed the bolts one at a time, ground them, and re-installed them until I could install the rails.

Be creative. You'll find a way.

It's so worth it too. I've been complimented twice on my Ace rails. :)

Good luck!

appleman46 04-30-2012 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snikt (Post 2319692)
15$ for an angle grinder? That will last about 2 minutes


I can grind 4 washers in one minute.

strider_mt2k 04-30-2012 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snikt (Post 2319692)
15$ for an angle grinder? That will last about 2 minutes

The job takes 1.5, leaving half a minute for the next job! ;)

I have to admit I have that same grinder still in the box! (I purchased it afterward)

I'm not using it until I can find a 2 minute job of my own! :D

3JKs1H1 04-30-2012 05:30 PM

use a vice if you can. Wear eye protection. Don't even think of using a dremel.

appleman46 04-30-2012 05:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 3JKs1H1 (Post 2319724)
use a vice if you can. Wear eye protection. Don't even think of using a dremel.


Yeah, dremel is out. I'll just go to lowes, or when I get my lift done I'll see if the installer can do it quick. I'll just mark them with a marker before I go.

strider_mt2k 04-30-2012 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by appleman46 (Post 2319755)
Yeah, dremel is out. I'll just go to lowes, or when I get my lift done I'll see if the installer can do it quick. I'll just mark them with a marker before I go.

You could use this as a launching point for putting some tools together for future mods.
I bought my lil' cheapie grinder with relocation of the vacuum pump in mind, for instance.
The bracket has to be removed to allow for some aftermarket accessories that can mount in that location (light bars, etc.), but other grinding duties will surely arise in the future.

SlackerMD 04-30-2012 05:45 PM

I was in the same position, so I bought a $30 grinder from Lowe's and opted to use a stainless steel cutting wheel...was so much more fun. ;)

...and yes, don't even try using a dremel...F$%in thing will just throw a million sparks and not make a dent in that stainless steel beast of a washer.

JKatfish 04-30-2012 05:48 PM

Harbor Freight has a 4 1/2 inch grinder for $9.99. You'll still need the grinding disc tho. I was too lazy to go get this and I did grind all 4 washer using a Dremel!!! took about 15 minutes each and many cut off discs.... it can be done with much patience!!!

SlackerMD 04-30-2012 05:54 PM

with much patience...and a fire extinguisher

KYJeepMan1 04-30-2012 06:24 PM

HackSaw and 1 min.

CaseyN 04-30-2012 06:56 PM

I did it with an $8 hand file. :whistling:

damndirtydog 04-30-2012 07:07 PM

go to Depot, get a sanding disk for your drill ($5 bucks) and a fiber cut off disk for metal (about another 5 bucks). Put the disk on your drill sander, the washer in a vise and then either use the edge to cut off the small section or use the flat part of the disk to grind it down. That's what I did, worked like a charm.

SlackerMD 04-30-2012 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaseyN (Post 2320084)
I did it with an $8 hand file. :whistling:

I bit it off

cavsvet74 04-30-2012 09:02 PM

Just use your finger nails.



A sawzall and a vice to hold the washer is an option.

rivershark2005 04-30-2012 09:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SlackerMD (Post 2320453)
I bit it off

All you've got to do is stare at it just right and it will do what you want.

Edit: On a serious note (and because I feel guilty for not contributing) I bought five 4 1/2" grinders at Harbor Freight a few years ago for $6 each. 4 of them still work and I use two of them a day (one hard rock, one steel wire wheel). The one that doesn't work anymore burned up because I overused it. They do heat up rather quickly, but if I'm careful how I use them, they don't overheat.

damndirtydog 04-30-2012 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SlackerMD (Post 2320453)
I bit it off

Now that's what I call a git er done attitude!:crazy:
Don't forget to floss.

bbtj 05-01-2012 12:41 PM

I used me good ole Dremel tool, with a cutting disc.


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