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6.2 09-24-2013 07:22 PM

what is this thing? flat piece with two nuts on it.
 
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so i installed my hood light tabs today, had to pull the fender away to do so which meant undoing the bolts. all went well btw, picture of tabs below.

anyways, while i was under there, i noticed this litle piece. its flat metal, with nuts on either end of it. nothing attatched to it, simply loose in this spot. cant get it out no matter which way i turn it either.

any idea what it is?

(can only see one nut in the pics, but the other one is there lol)

https://www.ranger-forums.com/attach...ine=1380068553

and for perspective on where it is

https://www.ranger-forums.com/attach...ine=1380068553




oh yeah, and here is my hood light tabs.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/attach...ine=1380068553

99offroadrngr 09-24-2013 07:29 PM

Probably a running board mounting bracket. You more than likely won't be able to remove the nuts, they're typically welded to the flat piece of steel that joins them together

6.2 09-24-2013 07:32 PM

yeah theyre welded on. never even thought of running board mounts. makes sense though. thanks!

99offroadrngr 09-24-2013 08:15 PM

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Mine are the opposite and have bolts but they're in the same location.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/attach...ine=1380071712

6.2 09-24-2013 08:53 PM

good to know. just kinda bugs me how theyre loose in there rattling around all this time haha.

zabeard 09-24-2013 08:56 PM

you can usually wiggle them out. i took mine out years ago if i recall.

6.2 09-24-2013 09:03 PM

ill have to try agiain then. tried wiggling them around for a few minutes and gave up lol.

zabeard 09-24-2013 09:11 PM

im pretty sure mine are gone, ill check next time im around my ranger.

6.2 09-24-2013 09:18 PM

your ranger is pretty badass man.

99offroadrngr 09-24-2013 09:21 PM

Ive been meaning to get rid of mine but I never end up doing it lol. Maybe tomorrow after work.

6.2 09-24-2013 09:31 PM

haha doesnt hurt anything so ill just leave it and forget about it.

now that i got the light tabs on though, its time to prep for body lift. that should be fun....

99offroadrngr 09-24-2013 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by 6.2 (Post 2052142)
haha doesnt hurt anything so ill just leave it and forget about it.

now that i got the light tabs on though, its time to prep for body lift. that should be fun....

soak every body mount bolt in PB blaster everyday for a week before the day you do it lol.

also, did you make those tabs or buy them? They look pretty cool, ive been thinking about making some but never have the time to go grab some steel

6.2 09-24-2013 10:09 PM

bought em off a member on FRF

and yep. been soaking the bolts twice a day for 3 days so far. lift should be in this weekend

99offroadrngr 09-24-2013 11:03 PM

nice

zabeard 09-25-2013 05:30 AM

I know for a while I just stuck a nut on them and made them tight so they wouldnt rattle.

RazorsEDGE 09-25-2013 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by 99offroadrngr (Post 2052143)
soak every body mount bolt in PB blaster everyday for a week before the day you do it lol.

also, did you make those tabs or buy them? They look pretty cool, ive been thinking about making some but never have the time to go grab some steel

Just drill the hood bro, ain't nothin but a thing. :439:

Taylor 09-25-2013 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by RazorsEDGE (Post 2052231)
Just drill the hood bro, ain't nothin but a thing. :439:

Hahahaha.

SOLD. Let the next guy deal with the holes.

6.2 09-25-2013 06:17 PM

hey, ive done that to a lot of parts on my truck lol.

my rear facing lights, hmm how can i mount these? ---- it drill the bed rails LOL

its just a truck, right?

if i had an easy way to access the underside of the big canvas of metal between the hood and windshield i woulda just drilled into there and bolted the lights down haha.

ive got so many self tapping screws holding various pieces on its not even funny. but you know what? it works lol.
and you cant see any of em so who cares.

flares loose? meh, screw em on! they wont come loose anymore lol.

korey89 09-25-2013 06:42 PM

yeah, those are brackets for running boards. you pop up the trim on the floor and pull back the carpet, if I remember right they're in the hole with the body mount bolt under the oval shaped rubber grommet piece. you can pull them out easily that way.

TSabourin 09-25-2013 08:02 PM

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Originally Posted by 99offroadrngr (Post 2052111)
Mine are the opposite and have bolts but they're in the same location.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/attach...ine=1380071712

Those pieces are a weird shape that only come out a certain way. It's easy to do, though. Especially if you don't use penetrating spray and snap the studs off in removing the steps.

99offroadrngr 09-25-2013 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by TSabourin (Post 2052248)
Those pieces are a weird shape that only come out a certain way. It's easy to do, though. Especially if you don't use penetrating spray and snap the studs off in removing the steps.

I'm not worried about removing the brackets/studs. My running boards came off easily as well. They're somewhere in the dump now anyway lol

TSabourin 09-25-2013 09:10 PM

Lol. Mine are in a huge tote next to my garage waiting for the next scrap run. Pieces of my truck make me money to buy more pieces for my truck.

99offroadrngr 09-25-2013 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by TSabourin (Post 2052265)
Lol. Mine are in a huge tote next to my garage waiting for the next scrap run. Pieces of my truck make me money to buy more pieces for my truck.

haha i couldn't sell mine because i bent the passengers side one on a stump. I actually did take them to a scrap yard but i only got a few bucks for em.

TSabourin 09-25-2013 09:34 PM

IMO, scrap metal is like a penny jar. Normally, it's almost worthless to save, but when you get A LOT of pennies, it becomes almost worth it!

6.2 09-25-2013 09:34 PM

mine are sitting in one of our sheds haha someday ill find someone that wants em.


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