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Washer for bed rail

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Chickenmunga, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Mar 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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    Chickenmunga

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    So I've hit a snag in my latest project (where I mount my Quick Fists).


    The goal is to mount my Quick Fists in the rail. I managed to find the perfect setup in my dad's box o' spare parts. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find anywhere that sells the key ingredient!

    What I'm after is the square washer you see below. It measures 1" by 1" and has a square hole in the center.

    Home Depot and Lowe's have no clue what it is, and neither carry square washers of any kind.
    My dad is an electrician, so my guess is that it came off some industrial electrical part - possibly it's a clasp for a service panel?

    In any case, where can I find more, or something very similar?

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  2. Mar 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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    YoterHead

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    I just used a 1"x3/8" bolt, a 3/8" cut washer, a wing nut, and corner braces cut and drilled to fit.

    Edit: I don't know where to find the part you're looking for sorry. Improvise!
     
  3. Mar 18, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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    yeah I've used cut washers in the past for my bicycle mount, but these square washers are far superior adn I was really hoping to find more
     
  4. Mar 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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    Buy a piece of flat bar in the appropriate size, cut and drill.

    That part is galvanized so I expect it belongs outside. Maybe a clamp for a grounding or neutral wire.
     
  5. Mar 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM
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    Thats what I'm thinking too
     
  6. Mar 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM
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    Looks like a carriage bolt heavy galvanized

    That make me think it is some fence part
     
  7. Mar 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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    I like that "quick fist" set up you have yoterhead.
     
  8. Mar 18, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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    kinda looks like chain link fence hardware
     
  9. Mar 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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    If you can find a pre-drilled strip with enough space between the holes you can just cut lenghts out of it. Pretty much any hadware store or Home Depot/Lowes should have strips of steel with a row of holes down the center.
     
  10. Mar 18, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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    it appears to be some kind of wire clamp, try an electrical hardware store
     
  11. Mar 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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    Interesting idea. I got excited when I saw the electrical channels and started hoping I could use spring bolts, but of course our bed rails are non-standard size.

    Just got back from lunch. I tried Platt Electrical, Grainger Industrial, Oregon Bolt. No leads so far, but I haven't given up.
     
  12. Mar 21, 2010 at 8:23 AM
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    I might have to give that another look. I tried that before but I remember having issues... they come in a few different sizes so I probably had the wrong size.


    Anyway, Dad was able to snag me more of that washer. He said they are used on telephone poles. If you look at a pole and there's a big coil of wire, this 'washer' is used to hold that coil in place. They have to be special ordered, unfortunately.
     
  14. Mar 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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    They work great. I used the same concept to mount my ammo cans to the bed rails.

    ammon cans.jpg
     
  15. Apr 13, 2010 at 10:19 PM
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    Those are parallel groove electrical connectors. The bolt holds two of those square pieces together. They are a bi-metal material and used for copper to copper and copper to aluminum connections. I think home depot might have them where they sell the crimp on electrical connections and wire nuts are.
     
  16. Apr 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM
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    Yep, got a big sack from Dad and that's how they were assembled. I didn't see anything in any of the stores I mentioned above, but I could have been looking in the wrong spot.

    Thanks for putting a name to them!
     
  17. Apr 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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