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what is this thing? flat piece with two nuts on it.

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)



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oh yeah, and here is my hood light tabs.

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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
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yeah theyre welded on. never even thought of running board mounts. makes sense though. thanks!
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Mine are the opposite and have bolts but they're in the same location.

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good to know. just kinda bugs me how theyre loose in there rattling around all this time haha.
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you can usually wiggle them out. i took mine out years ago if i recall.
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ill have to try agiain then. tried wiggling them around for a few minutes and gave up lol.
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im pretty sure mine are gone, ill check next time im around my ranger.
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your ranger is pretty badass man.
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Ive been meaning to get rid of mine but I never end up doing it lol. Maybe tomorrow after work.
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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....
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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
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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
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I know for a while I just stuck a nut on them and made them tight so they wouldnt rattle.
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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.
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Just drill the hood bro, ain't nothin but a thing.
Hahahaha.

SOLD. Let the next guy deal with the holes.
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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.
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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.
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Mine are the opposite and have bolts but they're in the same location.

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