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stripped bolt in bed rail

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by shootermcgavinyo, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Jun 17, 2008 at 8:20 AM
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    shootermcgavinyo

    shootermcgavinyo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I was installing my new bed cover last night and had to take the bed rails off. Every thing was going fine until I got to the last bolt nearest the cab. It's ridiculously tight. Anyways, I got my 4mm allen wrench and started to remove it, but it wouldn't budge and I eventually stripped the bolt head. I bought an extractor from the store and tried to drill it, but it's a hardened bolt and it broke my drill bit. I'm going to try to dremel a slot in it for a flat head screwdriver and hope that works. But for now, I'd say I'm up a creek. Toyota torqued the hell out of this thing. :mad:
     
  2. Jun 17, 2008 at 8:26 AM
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    lsocoee

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    I'd try hammering the next biggest size allen in. Is there a standard size between 4 and 5 mm?
     
  3. Jun 17, 2008 at 9:32 AM
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    Johnson8537

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    VICE GRIPS... they always work when in a pinch...

    (I actaullt did the same thing putting one back in with my Dewalt drill I guess i was off a bit so a stripped the head before it was all the way in...)
    I might get out the vice grips just so i can replace it.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM
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    dbbd1

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    Mine are torx style not allen style. Tried one of those yet?
     
  5. Jun 17, 2008 at 12:35 PM
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    shootermcgavinyo

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    Whoops, meant torx, the bolt bed cover bolt that replaces it is a hex.

    Got it out with a dremel, screwdriver, and some pliers. All is right with the world. Well, at least in my garage. :)
     
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