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#4785248 - 06/12/18 08:36 PM How can I remove these Bolts??
kpatter Offline


Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 60
Loc: texas
I purchased a 2013 Frontier used and a bed rack came with it. I thought it would be easy to remove but I have had no luck. The silver slider rails below the bed rails must be glued to the bed or something because I need to remove those to get to the big bolts that attach the bed rack to the truck.

How can i get these bolts off so I can just remove the rack directly?? Thoughts?


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#4785259 - 06/12/18 08:54 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
Little_Lebowski Offline


Registered: 02/14/17
Posts: 24
Loc: Michigan
Angle grinder.

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#4785281 - 06/12/18 09:21 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
Zee09 Offline


Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 277
Loc: Tri State Conservative
Might require heat in case they used threadlocker like red loctite.
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#4785283 - 06/12/18 09:22 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: Little_Lebowski]
maxdustington Offline


Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 635
Loc: Toronna
Originally Posted By: Little_Lebowski
Angle grinder.


Make sure you cover the glass from sparks.

Those rails have bolts on the inside of the channel do they not? They look like they would have to be self tappers, IDK if I would want to mess with them. It might be easier just to grind the bolts off than take it apart and it not be the same as it was before. If you plan to sell the rack, you might have to disassemble in order to not damage it.

You could also drill the bolts out but those look pretty beefy.
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#4785297 - 06/12/18 09:35 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 464
Loc: texas
Getch a soclet and sand the ends flat so it full y engages the bolt. Then get a cheater bar and go at it. Youd be suprised how much torque you can get on it with leverage.

If you look 8nside sockets you see a angled lead in, this will make it slip. Sanding this off will give you more bite.

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#4785318 - 06/12/18 10:00 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: Zee09]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8646
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: Zee09
Might require heat in case they used threadlocker like red loctite.


I'd try some heat, and a long bar. If that does not work, just go to a tire shop and have them use an impact on it.
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#4785329 - 06/12/18 10:09 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
maxdustington Offline


Registered: 01/21/17
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You guys are missing the point, the bolts are not stuck it is just that there is no access to the nuts because of the silver rail below.

No one is going to red loctite a bed rack on a pick up truck, get real dude lol.
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#4785346 - 06/12/18 10:23 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
Blkstanger Offline


Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1948
Loc: Lakeside, CA
Try an impact gun on them. You might get lucky.
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#4785450 - 06/13/18 03:57 AM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
Shannow Online   content


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39858
Loc: 'Stralia
If it were mine to get off this is what I'd do...

Get a socket of the right side for the head...pick one that has a circular concentric hole between the square drive and the multipoint hex. That hole should be pretty close to the centre line of the bolt.

Use that central hole as a pilot with a close fitting drill to drill a hole into the centre of the bolt...if that's too big, use a bit of close fitting tube to pilot-pilot the drill.

When you've got a central hole that goes into the bolt past the rail, take the socket off and use this hole to center progressively bigger drill bits until the head falls off.

The nut and bit of bolt will rattle around until they find their way out, so seal the openings with duct tape until they do as opposed to bouncing out and smashing some-one's windscreen.

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#4785476 - 06/13/18 05:32 AM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29758
Loc: NY
Impact gun would be an option I'd try.
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#4785483 - 06/13/18 05:44 AM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: demarpaint]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18871
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
That would be my first option, these are probably going into large rivet nuts so the impact will rattle them out instead of a breaker bar breaking the nuts loose..
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#4785552 - 06/13/18 07:34 AM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
wag123 Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 868
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: maxdustington
You guys are missing the point, the bolts are not stuck it is just that there is no access to the nuts because of the silver rail below.

Drill-out the rivets and remove the silver rails. Reinstall the rails with rivets when you are done.


Edited by wag123 (06/13/18 07:36 AM)

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#4785613 - 06/13/18 08:38 AM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
kpatter Offline


Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 60
Loc: texas
The bolts are not stuck.. Its just that i have no access under to get the nuts off. The silver rail wont budge to take off. Can I rent an angle grinder at home depot and grind those bolt heads off? hacksaw? drill bit?

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#4785628 - 06/13/18 08:52 AM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: maxdustington]
Zee09 Offline


Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 277
Loc: Tri State Conservative
Chalk up another one you never saw.
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#4786015 - 06/13/18 04:18 PM Re: How can I remove these Bolts?? [Re: kpatter]
Shannow Online   content


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39858
Loc: 'Stralia
Originally Posted By: kpatter
The bolts are not stuck.. Its just that i have no access under to get the nuts off. The silver rail wont budge to take off. Can I rent an angle grinder at home depot and grind those bolt heads off? hacksaw? drill bit?


Originally Posted By: Shannow
If it were mine to get off this is what I'd do...

Get a socket of the right side for the head...pick one that has a circular concentric hole between the square drive and the multipoint hex. That hole should be pretty close to the centre line of the bolt.

Use that central hole as a pilot with a close fitting drill to drill a hole into the centre of the bolt...if that's too big, use a bit of close fitting tube to pilot-pilot the drill.

When you've got a central hole that goes into the bolt past the rail, take the socket off and use this hole to center progressively bigger drill bits until the head falls off.

The nut and bit of bolt will rattle around until they find their way out, so seal the openings with duct tape until they do as opposed to bouncing out and smashing some-one's windscreen.




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