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Old 05-28-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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Lowering Nerf-bars on 2500 Chevy

The Nerf-bars on my 2500 Chevy are held on with six five inch bolts. I would like to go to a eight inch bolt and spacer to lower the bars. I called the dealer and they don't have any. Anybody know where I can find them ?
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A good hardware store can supply the bolts but I suspect the spacers will have to be made. Do you have a friend with a home machine shop? Simple project for a lathe.

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Since those are the bolts that hold the body on make sure you find grade 8 or better, just to make sure.

The bolts should be easy enough, as for the spacers you could always go with a stack of flat washers, just make sure to put some loctite and use a lock washer.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:25 PM   #4
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There are six bolts that hold the cab on as well as the nerf-bars. The bolts are 12 mm grade 10.9. Today I went to Fasenal, Allison, John Deere and a Truck repair shop. Fasenal will call if they find any. What I thought would be easy is not going very well.
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Tom,

How about a 8" threaded rod and tack weld a nut on one end? Would that work?
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I need a 10.9 grade bolt and a threaded rod not sure what the grade is. I think I am going to put this on hold until after the National rally. See you there.
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Do not use all-thread rod, it is mild steel only. Where one's family is at stake, use OEM spec equipment. Of course you can always go to a tool and die shop to have special bolts made, but the cost would be around $150 ea.
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