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Going to install additional OEM d-rings. Any tips?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacomaPrime, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Dec 29, 2011 at 7:57 PM
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    I got my T-55 Torx and my dremel ready. also have my electric impact gun (don't have an air compressor).
    Should I hit the bolts with PB blaster? If so, should I spray them from the top, or will that hurt the bed material? If I should spray them from underneath, anyone got some pics of what the bolts look like from underneath, or where they are located? The connect to the frame, right?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dec 29, 2011 at 8:12 PM
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    take them from the top because the nut is welded to a plate that fits into a slot that makes it not move when tightening or loosening. break it loose by hand first. torx bits suck. Im a toyota tech so i know
     
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    I know that they have to be removed from the top, but was curious if the pb blaster should be applied from the top or bottom. I don't want to spray the stuff onto the bed material if it's gonna f it up. I don't even know if I need to use the PB blaster. i assume the impact gun should get the job done.
     
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    They are a bizalin TPI, strange looking bolt. I added them under the two front and two mid bed bolts, love em.
     
  5. Dec 29, 2011 at 10:31 PM
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    Click my Sig Pic for my build thread. Too many to list here.
    Given that the bolts have been there for like 7 years I dont think it would hurt to hit it with pb blaster, and I would do it from the top. I dont think it will hurt the bed liner and even it it does that is what the bet mat is there for. If you dont have one I would recommend it. And I dont think that there is even a way to get to the bolts from the bottom. I think they go directly into the frame and dont come out. Let me know if you find out otherwise. But If you are using a battery powered impact gun you might want to try a breaker par to loosen them first. I love my DeWalt impact driver but sometimes it just doesnt have the power I wish it did.
     
  6. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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    Break it by hand
    Just to make sure you don't strip it.
    The bolts do come out from below the frame
     
  7. Dec 30, 2011 at 6:59 AM
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    I'm gonna be doing mine this weekend as well. Two up front & two in the middle. Got the T-55 Torx, wrench and a pipe to use as a breaker bar. I've got the torque wrench (55-60 lbs) for re-installation.

    Here's a question - Should I use Loctite 262 (red permanent) when re-installing the bolts?? I really don't see ever removing these bolts again...

    Also, someone here mentioned stripping the bolts. Has this happened often on these bed bolts?? I realize on older trucks with rusted bolts that's a definite possibility. I've got a 2011, so these should come out pretty easy after breaking them.
     
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    No locktite
     
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    I did this mod to the tundra too.
    It was a nice addition.
    All the tips are great!
     
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    I expect he was referring to stripping out the Torx head of the bolts, not the threaded shank.
     
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    showered the bolts in pb blaster today from top and bottom. I'll let ya all know how it goes tomorrow.
     
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    Are the bolts long enough to install through the bed mat. This may deter bed mat theft.
     
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    Hi - dumb question - these OEM D-rings/bolts replace the existing OEM bolts (say the two nearest the cab, for example)?

    Thanks!
     
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    No, you use the original bolts, you just put the d rings on them like you would a washer.
     
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    Did them today. They were really easy and I didn't need the breaker bar - they came right out. I checked with the torque wrench befor taking them out and they only seemed to be in with about 25-30 lbs of torque.
    Put them in and didn't even bother with the torque wrench - just put them in tighter than what they originally were but not enough to over-do it.
    The four d-rings and the new intermittent wiper stalk I put in today took me a total of a little over an hour.
     
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    Glad to hear. For any future readers...

    I'd suggest hitting from top and bottom with PB, maybe hit the bottoms with a wire brush best you can as well. Be careful with the heads, the Torx bolts like to strip if they're not properly seated, or at least I think so anyway. No loctite, but apply antiseize to make it easier for the next guy taking these out.
     
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    People doing this, when you install the D-rings (I used the military type), you probably want to put the ring right under the head of the bolt, then the washer. That way the washer is still in contact with the bed material.

    To do that, you have to remove the washer from the bolt. To do THAT, you need to grind down the ridges on the bolt shaft just a little. I used a dremel with a drum stone and just went around the bolt once, that's all it needed.

    So when installed, looking from the side, you would have:

    ..........[0000000000] <-- Bolt Head
    ......==============0000000 <--D ring
    ...~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <-- Original Washer
     
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    How much r the rings from the dealer
     
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