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spinxt 11-22-2013 04:05 PM

MOPAR Rock Rails Install- NEED HELP
 
I'm having one heck of a time installing my Rock Rails. I followed the instructions to at "T" and I'm a pretty mechanically savvy person. For those of you that have installed these, I'm having an issue getting the nuts on the 12 short allen head bolts that poke through the door sill. I have the 3 flag bolts loosely installed and the pinch weld bolts loosely installed. The problem is the flange on the rock rails is not sitting flush against the door jam. If the bolt threads were just a hair longer, it would be a non-issue. I have no idea why MOPAR wouldn't make the bolts a bit longer (there's plenty of clearance.

ANY help or suggestions would be helpful. I've tried a floor jack, hammer (causing too much damage), and using my legs as leverage while having a helper.......NO LUCK.

What a PITA job.

ldiv2002 01-13-2014 07:07 AM

Re: MOPAR Rock Rails Install- NEED HELP
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by spinxt (Post 934414)
I'm having one heck of a time installing my Rock Rails. I followed the instructions to at "T" and I'm a pretty mechanically savvy person. For those of you that have installed these, I'm having an issue getting the nuts on the 12 short allen head bolts that poke through the door sill. I have the 3 flag bolts loosely installed and the pinch weld bolts loosely installed. The problem is the flange on the rock rails is not sitting flush against the door jam. If the bolt threads were just a hair longer, it would be a non-issue. I have no idea why MOPAR wouldn't make the bolts a bit longer (there's plenty of clearance.

ANY help or suggestions would be helpful. I've tried a floor jack, hammer (causing too much damage), and using my legs as leverage while having a helper.......NO LUCK.

What a PITA job.

Hey brother, I am having the same problem installing mine. If i take out the stiffner screws I can get most of the flange nuts on. However, i cannot get the stiffner screws back on and vise versa.

What did you end up doing to get the flange nuts on?

Thanks in advance.

spinxt 01-13-2014 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ldiv2002 (Post 958984)
Hey brother, I am having the same problem installing mine. If i take out the stiffner screws I can get most of the flange nuts on. However, i cannot get the stiffner screws back on and vise versa. What did you end up doing to get the flange nuts on? Thanks in advance.

Here's what I did:

*Remove the rock rail if it's in place.

*Slightly enlarge the holes along the pinch weld using a drill bit or Dremel tool

*Put the rock rail in place and thread the flag bolt nuts just enough to hold it on

*Support either end of the rail with a jack stand.

*Use a floor or bottle jack to raise the rail into place until it pops over the studs (hopefully you got those retaining nuts pushed all the way on, because there aren't a lot of threads to work with).

*Starting in the front, jack the rail into place using the tubular part of the rail. This forces it back and allows you to barely thread each nut on. I used a nut driver and socket so I could put additional horizontal leverage using my body weight.

*You may have to reposition the jack several times along the rail to get all the nuts in place.

*Now place the stiffener in place and use the jack on the bottom of the rail to get the pinch weld bolts installed. Now that you've rounded out the holes in the pinch weld, even if they don't line up exactly, you should still be able to get the bolts started.


Good luck!


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