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Old February 22nd, 2008, 01:10 AM
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Check your chassis/bulkhead bolts!

I discovered this week that one of the bolts that secures my bulkhead to the chassis outrigger behind the front wheels had lost its nut and was about to fall out. The other side was missing its bolt entirely! Well, this explains the creaking that I heard every time I turned a corner. I was able to source some new bolts, nuts, and washers from the local CAT dealer, cost about $10 total. Getting the bolts back in was kind of a bitch. When the floor jack and a 2x4 failed to position the bulkhead properly, I put a large pry bar on the outrigger, using the bulkhead as the fulcrum. This shifted the bulkhead sufficiently to get the new bolts through.

Just an FYI. Check your bolts. I have no idea how mine came so loose but I'm guessing that my truck is not the only one with this problem.

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Old February 22nd, 2008, 03:24 AM
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When I had to replace those to put on my sliders they were not real easy to get out. I think both broke when I tried to get the nut off (impact wrench) so then I had to use an impact hammer to get them out...

Also there are supposed to be shims in there between the bulkhead and outrigger...
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Can anyone confirm the part number on the bulkhead bolt ?

When removing the original NAS running board / step / rock magnet, one broke off and needs to be replaced ASAP. I think the correct part is MRC9420 which it seems was superseded by AYG500080. It would be a M12 x 180 metric bolt.
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Sorry, with more research I found this thread with all the answers: http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3736
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Slather them in anti-seize before installing. Shafts, heads and nuts.
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Slather them in anti-seize before installing. Shafts, heads and nuts.
I completely agree
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I'll do that

Excellent advice, I'll do that.

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Slather them in anti-seize before installing. Shafts, heads and nuts.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 08:57 AM
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You east coast guys can disregard this. Your bulkhead bolts are fused to the bulkhead at this point and will never come out.

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