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HELP removing bed rails! stripped screws...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Bolo, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Mar 5, 2009 at 6:46 PM
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    Bolo

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    I just got my access literider cover from fedex and i immediately started to install it. As a started to remove the rails, I found that many of the screws holding the rails on are not coming out. Even with the correct tools, many of the screws are stripped in there. I'm so pissed right now. I lent out my dremmel and dont have a screw extractor with me, so I don't know what to do. You guys have any tips? How the hell am I going to remove the screws to install my cover...?
     
  2. Mar 5, 2009 at 6:47 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    Wait and get an extractor or chisel the tops off if possible. One swing should take the heads off.
     
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    I'd use an extractor-Knock the heads off those and the studs are going to be a bitch to get out.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2009 at 6:31 AM
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    are the screw alum or steel? I would think if its Alum you can drill it out and the alum should shred itself.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2009 at 7:21 AM
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    What exactly is stripped? The heads of the screws? The threads? Or the nuts are spinning behind the bed? If the heads are srtipped, hacksaw blade behind the rails worked for me. If the threads are gone or the nuts are spinning try popping out the stroage compartments and reaching a hand back there with a set of vice grips to hold the nut. Worst case you may need to gain access to the nuts in the back and vice grip the bolt.

    I ran into the same trouble when I swaped my access cover to my new truck. Lesson learned. I replaced the screws for my cover with stainless steel bolts from the hardware store. Good luck.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2009 at 9:03 AM
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    thanks for the advice guys. I ended up picking up some extractors and getting my drill back and eventually got them out and my cover installed. One of the screws took forever... Damn loctite.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2009 at 11:35 AM
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    stro1965

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    That happened to me too on one of my screws, stripped the head and it wouldn't budge. I was able to use a needle-nose vice-grip but it took a while. Easy-out just spun in the head.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2009 at 1:45 PM
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    Pictures of the cover my friend, pictures!
     
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