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Center console rotted off the floor?

I figured I just broke the plastic or something. So I dragged all my crap out of the truck and disassembled the console. I couldn't believe it. All four of those little threaded studs the console's metal base is attached to rotted off the floor, leaving four holes to the outside under the truck. WTF.

I sealed the holes up and put some self-drilling screws through to secure it for now. I'm sure they'll pull out and I'll have to use some substantial bolts.
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rotted? did you have it bolted to some wood? or did it corrode?
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These studs?

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Yes. Those. All four were pulled out. A piece of the floor was welded to the bottom of each stud and it was rusted out all around.
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damn it,you live up north dont you
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whats the rest of the truck look like underneath?
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I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary last time it was up on a lift but I might take a closer look now. I do live up north but so do 10,000 other cars and trucks without consoles ripping out.
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those studs rip off VERY EASY thus why you should never lean on that console very hard EVER
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Ah ok. I lean on the thing all the time. So I guess it was inevitable then. Once these cheap screws I have holding it now pull out (sooner than later), I'll put some big mamma bolts in there with fender washers to hold it in.
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I agree those studs do break off easy. I had to get rid of mine to mount the explorer console and I used a pair of needle nose to break them off. I dont lean on mine and there was no rust.
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I'm thinking then that the rust formed after they broke off. Since them breaking off just made 4 holes in the floor, it allowed the holes and the studs to rust.
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Wow.... good to know... :-/... now I have to watch out...
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Since my truck didn't come with that type console and I added it.

I have some huge bolts with washers and nuts holing mine down.
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When I installed my shorty console I through bolted it with big fender washers since my truck never came with one. Mine is rock solid.
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When I installed my shorty console I through bolted it with big fender washers since my truck never came with one. Mine is rock solid.
I did the same thing. Used 5/16 bolts and fender washers underneeth the body. Of course I didn't come factory with a floor mounted console, so I didn't have those studs in the first place.
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