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Heyas,
i love the look of those bedrails with my stock paintjob, but it seems most of the bolts that hold them on are stripped out in their holes. all the orignial bolts are there, but kinda just sitting loose. am i screwed (pun intended) or is there a quick/easy/cheap way to get those guys in there nice and snug?

thanks in advance,
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What I did is remove all the original screws and had threaded sleeves welded into the holes (which had to be opened up a bit.) It took me a while to track them down, and I forget where I got them; a local hardware supply, I believe.

I then got matching screws that now screw into a thread, instead of just screwing into the body; almost as if you put a threaded nut on the end of a metal tube. Makes for a much neater and snugger fit. I used to take the rails off a lot when I put the cap on/off, and the holes became worn out, so I came up with this idea.

Good luck.
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I am needing to do the same with mine you would have thought they would have used the same type of fasteners that were used on the hold downs in the bed. I think they are also called Jack nuts. I have found some sold in boxes of 100. Lowes nor Home Depot have them here ask and it's like you have 2 heads
 

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This is what I used for the tiedown in my bed.
Slotted-Body Rivet Nuts for Thin Materials



Before Installation

After Installation

Installed


A larger backside flange increases strength, making these slotted-body nuts ideal for use in plastic and thin materials. They can accommodate a wider range of material thicknesses as well as slightly oversized holes. To install, first determine the material thickness, then thread nut onto the mandrel of an installation tool, place in drilled hole, and crimp. Made of C1008-C1010 zinc yellow chromate steel. Threads meet Class 2B.

Inch
Thread
SizeDrill
SizeMaterial
Thick. Range(A)(B)(C)(D)(E) Max.Pkg.
Qty. Pkg.10-32R0.020"-0.175"0.329"0.828"0.510"0.038"0.410"1097217A359$5.7110-32R0.175"-0.320"0.329"0.921"0.510"0.038"0.410"1097217A3766.221/4"-20X0.020"-0.280"0.382"1.000"0.645"0.059"0.505"1097217A3936.501/4"-20X0.280"-0.500"0.382"1.234"0.645"0.059"0.505"597217A4104.465/16"-181/2"0.020"-0.280"0.495"1.141"0.770"0.062"0.570"597217A4274.94





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Thread
SizeDrill SizeMaterial Thick.
Range, mm (A),
mm (B),
mm (C),
mm (D),
mm (E) Max.,
mm Pkg.
Qty. Pkg.M6x1.010 mm0.50-7.109.7025.4016.381.5012.801097217A444$6.50M8x1.251/2"0.50-7.1012.5728.9519.561.5714.48597217A4614.94

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oldchevy is right on the money. the kit i have is a marson ,thread-setter kit # 39202 and it handles 1/4 / 10/8 machine screws .they have them up to 3/8 and in the metric as well. you can get these at most tool supply stores or industrial supply stores
 
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