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Unread 07-02-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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Rocker panel trim hardware

Does anyone know where I can get NOS rocker panle trim bolts for the OEM aluminum trim? Or does anybody make something similiar that works?

Someplace besides Collins Bros.......

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Were you ever able to find these? I see that austinjeeps.com had some s.s. ones but are sold out. Do you know of anywhere else to look?
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I couldn't find any(actually, I didn't look too hard) so I made something that will work. I just cut rectangles out of sheet steel, drilled and tapped for 1/4-20 and am using bolts that are as long as the factory bolts. I plan to cut the heads off of the bolts to get the correct length. LocTite and purposely buggered threads should keep them from backing out. Since I am retired, I'm guessing the 30 minutes it took to make these is cheaper than the cost of factory made, if I could find them. Hopefully, the picture will clarify my explanation.
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Unread 12-04-2011, 09:18 PM   #4
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Why not just tack weld the bolt to the plate steel?
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Were you ever able to find these? I see that austinjeeps.com had some s.s. ones but are sold out. Do you know of anywhere else to look?
AustinJeeps.com gets there's from TotallyStainless.com and so do other places that may carry them.

Totally Stainless list them as p/n: 6-2270 for a set of 8 at $79.00. Look for them on page #65 in the current catalog 36 under Body and Suspension kits for Jeep CJ & Wrangler.
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Totally Stainless list them as p/n: 6-2270 for a set of 8 at $79.00. Look for them on page #65 in the current catalog 36 under Body and Suspension kits for Jeep CJ & Wrangler.
There is NO way I would ever pay $80 for a couple of bolts.

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Use a piece of all thread cut to length and tack weld them to your threaded plates or run another jamb nut up on the inside of the plate and tighten it against it to prevent the stud from loosening.

Actually, if you use all thread and weld them you wouldn't even have to tap them. Just drill them out and weld them to the plate.
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AustinJeeps.com gets there's from TotallyStainless.com and so do other places that may carry them.

Totally Stainless list them as p/n: 6-2270 for a set of 8 at $79.00. Look for them on page #65 in the current catalog 36 under Body and Suspension kits for Jeep CJ & Wrangler.
Didn't the originals have 5 per side, 4 regular length and the fender bolt that was shorter?
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Didn't the originals have 5 per side, 4 regular length and the fender bolt that was shorter?
That's correct. Front fender base edge protrudes out some so a shorter T bolt is needed. The original OEM ones do not have the spacer between the base and the threads, just a short stud coming off the base.
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Thanks guys. I couldn't get the totally stainless sites catalog to load. But as I set on stand this morning while hunting deer (lots of thinking time), I came up with something similar to the suggestion above. And with the cost now known to buy them, my idea is now more appealing.
If I take flat pieces of 16 ga. like above, which is thinner I believe but that will allow a coat of POR without binding in the slot. Then weld a 1/4"x1" bolt to it. I just checked and the 1" bolts I have, have a short smooth shaft before the threads start, so when a nut is spun on completely till it bottoms out it happens to be the correct height of the barrel spacer section. Now hopefully Lowe's will have some stainless ones of the same shape. If not I'll either use a combination of nuts and washers to get that height or else cut a bushing down to slide over the bolt.
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Where's the best place to get the rocker moldings themselves? thanks
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Where's the best place to get the rocker moldings themselves? thanks
Junk yard or the classifieds. AFAIK nobody is making them.
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Thought I'd post my solution, my $10 alternative solution. I didn't weld it yet. it's a s.s. 1/4"x1" bolt and 2 regular nuts, welded on a piece of 16ga. I'll paint all but the threads with some POR. Then I have a s.s. nut for the installation of it thru the body.

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Alright!!! There is a man after my own heart. Cheap. It will work just fine and it doesn't show, so nobody but you will ever know. The reason I didn't weld mine in the earlier posting is my son has "our" welder at his house, 100 miles away. I suppose I should be thankful he knows how to weld and even owns a Jeep TJ.
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