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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Post Removing Roof Rack Bolts

Does anyone have any tips for removing the Gen 2 stock roof rack bolts?

I have purchased a rack from John, and have read the instructions for the removal. I was working on this over the weekend, and "think" I spun one of the bolts working on this. I have PB blasted them but not sure if that helps.

Any helpful hints would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 03:16 PM
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Drop the headliner and hold the rivnut with vice grips.
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If you can't get to it you may need to take it to a body shop. I had the very last nut spin then I was putting on my Gobi. Could not get to it so I had the dealers body shop put a new riv nut in for me.

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There really isnt any easy fix for it. If you can get to the spun nut then you can replace it like this.

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I just did all mine super easy but it's a time consuming job if you don't want to go to a body shop. Pm if you want more details on what to get and etc
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I actually was discussing this with John when I dropped my rack back off at his place last week. I think what Rex said is your best bet, drop the headliner and try to get a set of vice-grips or something on them. Short of this you can try to break it out somehow... hoping you dont strip the headliner?

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^ you have to remove the headliner if you want it don't right. Then you'll need to grab it from the bottom and drill it out. Put the new nutsurt in but if recommend getting a epoxy on the knurled part of it so no way will it ever break and it helps with making sure no leaks. Insert the hand made rivet tool and turn 3-4 times and done
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TREX = best way to remove the bolts imo. I needed someone to hold the vice grips for me, but only because I rounded the bolt. the headliner isn't "hard" to remove for this, just time consuming. (esp if you're mechanically inclined enough to remove the rack in the first place)

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I consider myself very lucky that I did not have this issue, from what John was saying its a pretty big PIA to deal with...

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Did a little research...going to try heating the bolts with a soldering gun to see if that breaks the thread lock holding them in.
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