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D-Ring installation problem.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kryten, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Jul 14, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    kryten

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    I installed front 2 d-rings but I was not able to remove the washers from those two bed bolts. Does everybody have a hard time removing them? This way I cannot install the d-ring in between the washer and the bolt head as its supposed to be done.

    I ended up putting 3 smaller washers I had lying around under the d-ring because the way the d-ring is designed it can only sit one way facing up. Those 3 washer enabled me to make enough room for the d ring to not interfere with the bed of the truck. On top of the d- ring is the original washer I was not able to remove.

    I don't think this is a good idea to have it like this. I lost of thread on the bed bolt this way already. Any ideas?

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  2. Jul 14, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    TheHansen

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    There are ridges on the bolt that you have to sand/dremel off to get the washer off.

    Just remember to paint the exposed metal left behind.
     
  3. Jul 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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    swissrallyman

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    And use Loctite Red when putting back together. You can use a file to get the ridge of. Just look at it, its obvious.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM
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  5. Jul 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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    I just coated it with a very thin layer of silicone. If you think about it, once you crank down on these, they dont go anywhere, and even if they come a little loose, they arent doing much. You have 6 bolts that just keep this bed bolted to the frame. I wouldnt go crazy

    To the OP .. the above posts were correct. There is a very small ridge that keeps the washer from coming off. Just use a grinder or file to remove the ridge.
     
  6. Jul 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM
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    i used a hand file. it took surprisingly little effort to take the washers off. i just painted them black, and put it all back together. that nut is attached at the bottom, so it wont fall off. if anything gets loose, you will know. you'll see it loose in the bed.
     
  7. Jul 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    Hand file works good and quick
     
  8. Jul 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM
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    I did my buddies with a dremel to trim down the ridges. But with mine, I used a vise and a big ol hammer!!!
     
  9. Jul 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM
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    Support the bolt inverted on a vise by the washer and hit it a few times with a hammer and it'll pop right out.
     
  10. Jul 15, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    I tried using a large socket to hammer the washer down over the ridges on the bolt, and it just bent (dished out) the washer. I dremeled the ridges down and it took all of two minutes per bolt to make the washer come off.

    Flattening out the washer after it was dished was a little annoying.
     
  11. Jul 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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    Thanks everyone, I have to find some time this weekend and redo it.
     
  12. Jul 16, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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    I used a pedestal grinder to remove the ridge. It took all of 2 minutes to do. I didn't put any loctite or anti-seize on the bolts either when I reinstalled them. I check them periodically to make sure they aren't loose...and so far 20,000+ miles and they haven't budged.
     
  13. Jul 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    I did put anti-sieze on the threads, because there was noticeable dirt/corrosion in the threads that went down past the frame nuts. I figure it's cheap insurance against having them frozen in place.
     
  14. Jul 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM
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    Re-done today the right way. Thanks again TW!
     
  15. Jul 17, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    Fwiw, I didnt use any loctite, anti-seize or anything of the sort when reassembling mine, and they've been great ever since install (as in, they havent loosened up or whatever)
     
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