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Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by AgingDisgracefully, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Apr 26, 2018 at 8:54 AM
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    AgingDisgracefully

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    Hi All,

    I am the proud new owner of a 2016 SR5 4X4 V6. This is my first truck, let alone Tacoma.

    I have what is probably a weird question and I am not even sure if I am getting the terms right.

    The one feature of the truck I don't like is that it has a running board/side step (some sites call it a "nerf bar") installed. I'm pretty tall (6'3") so I don't need this.

    Removing it seems as simple as just unbolting it.

    However, I have now watched a few videos of installing these things and all of them start with the removal of OEM plastic screws/bolts designed I guess to protect the nerf bar mounting bolt holes and keep moisture out.

    Does anyone know where or how one can buy plastic these plastic screws/bolts so that I can replace them when I remove the nerf bard? Or what they are called?

    Thanks so much in advance.
     
  2. Apr 26, 2018 at 8:59 AM
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    chertzog

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    You could always just re-thread the bolts back in.
     
  3. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:04 AM
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    sdsurfer

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    Just hit the bolt holes/threads with a bit of rustoleum paint to discourage rust.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    strktly_bodysurf

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    Here is some horrible advice (Be warned, its HORRIBLE ADVICE)
    Find plastic screws with the same thread type and length and plug them with some loctite
     
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  5. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:34 AM
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    Anchovy

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    Don't put loctite on plastic screws lol. When you go to take it out youll break the head off the plastic screw and you'll be screwed
     
  6. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:36 AM
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    Sorry I should have clarified. I'm assuming this is a permanent type deal? So, as to not make another point to rust, I suggested plastic screws and a pretty permanent applicational adhesive :cheers:
     
  7. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:36 AM
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    This mate.
     
  8. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:40 AM
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  9. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:41 AM
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    This is horrible advice. Why would anyone want to permanently glue them shut? What are the advantages? I'd rather just leave them open rather than doing that.

    OP - you can also tape them shut as well. Probably some gorilla tape cut to size would do the trick. Or like others said, just reinstall the bolts (put some anti-seize on the threads)
     
  10. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:45 AM
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    welcome to the forum and the world of owning Toyota trucks..to answer your question, you could also put a small dab of silicone caulk in the holes and if you ever needed them, you could use a small center punch or nail to push the caulk out..i have done this in the past and it works great.
     
  11. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:52 AM
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    :( Sorry for my horrible advice, OP.
     
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  12. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:55 AM
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    Even though you might not need them to get in and out, they'll still prevent door dings. I also find it necessary when washing or waxing my truck and I'm tall also.
     
  13. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:56 AM
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    I have steps on mine. I dont need them, but wifey does.
     
  14. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:57 AM
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    You could try calling a local dealer and see how much they would charge, or if you sell the steps locally ask the person buying if they wouldn't mind you taking the plastic plugs off their hands.
     
  15. Apr 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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  16. Apr 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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    I'm sorry for offending you.

    I don't feel bad though, should I?
     
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  17. Apr 26, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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    lol I was just making light of the fact that others here were taking it so seriously.
     
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  18. Apr 26, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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    We get it. You need attention
     
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    This is a good point. I need to think about that. Thanks.
     
  20. Apr 26, 2018 at 11:13 AM
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    No worries. :)
     

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