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Front bed rail rivnut replacement?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by upthemaiden, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Sep 24, 2011 at 4:07 PM
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    upthemaiden

    upthemaiden [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I had previously removed the torx bolts on my side bed rails to put some D-rings behind the rails, and most of the bolts were completely dry and squeaked the whole way out. I greased them up, put them back in, and ordered some stainless steel hardware to replace them all eventually. I also started trying to remove the bolts for the front rail to grease them as well, and not only did all of them eventually just break, but 3 out of the 5 Rivnuts in the bed spun loose without a whole lot of resistance.

    I should be able to get them out without too much of a headache with the dremel, but have any of you guys had this problem? I'm curious what would be best to replace them.... find some 6mm rivnuts, and this time put a little bit of epoxy on them before installing them, or just put some washers and nuts on the back side, and deal with trying to hold them awkwardly with a wrench in the small gap behind? Maybe there's another option I'm not even thinking of?
     
  2. Sep 24, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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    ImpulseRed008

    ImpulseRed008 Gone But Not Forgotten

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    You should never have to take the rail off again... just put regular nuts and lock washers on them.
     
  3. Sep 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM
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    upthemaiden

    upthemaiden [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I doubt I will. I'm looking to get a bed cover eventually. I know most of them just mount behind the side rails, but I'm not sure if any have anything that needs to go behind the front rail. That's the only reason I can think of that I might need to pull it off again.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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    ImpulseRed008

    ImpulseRed008 Gone But Not Forgotten

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    I've had my truck for almost 4 years and have never taken the front rail off and only had the sides off to mount my tonneau cover.
     
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