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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 12:32 PM
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Just a tip that has seemed to work for me so far. Take your time and be patient, tell yourself it's going to take 4 hours alone to remove the hardware properly; get a 12 pack of your favorite beverage, crank up the tunes and get to work.
  1. Take your torx screwdriver and slowly turn left 1/8 turn.
  2. Turn right 1/8 turn.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 about 5 times (all this does is loosen the threadlocker and nets zero movement on removing the bolt).
  4. Then turn left 1/4 turn and right 1/8 turn.
  5. Repeat step 4 as many times necessary until the threadlocker has broken free enough to loosely spin out with almost no effort.
This technique has net me zero riv nut issues (knock on wood). I will report back when I install my gobi and let you know if this worked all the way around.


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I had good luck with that for the four bolts used by Xoskel in front. However, doing the rest on the roof, I had about seven spinners. Looking at the bolt afterwards, there was locktite all the way down the bolts with a touch of rust. I just don't think they would come free using any method.
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Man I hope my other bolts don't have moisture issues within the cab!!! That will be the death of them for sure!!


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With mine, the only ones that actually spun on me were the ones that had rust on them. Otherwise all the clean ones came out with ease.

If I ever have to take those rack mounts off I'll be dropping that headliner for sure.


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Had to do mine yesterday! did you cut and splice back together the dome light wiring that comes up the driver side column? I also cut the rear windshield washer fluid hose that runs to the back.
Nope. There is a harness on the driver A pillar somewhere.
The hose for the rear washer has two couplers. One at the passenger A pillar and one just inside the cab in the rear.
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Nope. There is a harness on the driver A pillar somewhere.
The hose for the rear washer has two couplers. One at the passenger A pillar and one just inside the cab in the rear.
What he said....

Sorry you cut all that.


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I tried removing the bolts on my pro4x... I just wanted to remove the light cover/wind dam because I wanted to replace the stock pro4x lights. The first two bolts I tried free spun, I came on here and saw it was a common problem. Long story short... I took it to the Nissan dealership. I complained that the bolt had to be removable if you were to change burned out bulbs. I told them I tried two bolts and stopped. I let them try the remaining bolts and they too could not remove them. The dealership is now replacing the entire roof rack. They sent it to a body shop to remove the old one and to weld the nuts on the inside. Because they are welding they are repainting the roof too. The best news: it's all covered under the warranty!!! I've been without my truck now for 2 weeks while this repair is happening, but the dealership has put me in a brand new armada platinum edition (which is pretty sweet). So if you are still under warranty and you plan on changing racks in the future, you might want to go ahead and try a bolt now. If you try one and it doesn't come out, STOP. Take it to the dealership and let them try other bolts. If they see all the bolts are marked up from you trying to remove them they will blame it on you for cross threading or over tighting the bolts. They tried that with me at the beginning but there were no skuffs on any bolts except the two I tried, and I finally got them to accept that it was not my fault.
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