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Need help ASAP w/ door striker bolt

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by RAY, Nov 3, 2001.

  1. RAY

    RAY 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I started to replace the nylon bushing on the striker bolt, I got it about half way off and now the bolt just wants to spin. Is where a way to keep the bolt from spinning or a way to access the nut that the bolt is attached to? Any info will be greatly appreciated since I am unable to close my door now!

    Thanks,
    Ray

    P.S. I did a search but it turned up nothing.
     
  2. Blazer_Boy

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    Well, you're in trouble. If you don't have access to alot of tools than I would take it to a shop. GM, in their infinite wisdom decided to use those worthless caged nuts to hold that striker. What you'll have to do is take off the side trim panel in you interior. Then the flat side where seat belt mechanism is is where you'll have to cut. Make a small hole at first so you can peak in and see where you'll have to cut. Then cut off that striker bolt from the outside. Now the fun part, you'll have to figure out some way to get that stupid cage out. Once that is out then you should be able to pull everything out. Put in a new striker held by a nice nut and washer and get a piece of metal slighty bigger than the hole you cut and screw it on over the hole. That way its covered, but you can take it off if you want to get at that nut.

    I have never done this before. This is just what I thought up after spending a summer redoing my blazer. There maybe an easier way but this what I can think of for doing the least damage, improving upon a spot prone to failure, and still mainting the full movability of the striker.

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  3. rampage

    rampage 1/2 ton status

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    When I had my quarter panel off, I was able to use one of the access holes directly in back of the stricker bolt. Just stuck a screwdriver in the hole and wedged it against the nut so it wouldn't spin. I don't know if you can use the same access hole with the quarter panel on, but it might be worth your time to remove the side panel and take a look. If there isn't an access hole there, then make one since it is hidden by the side panel. Just make sure that if you take the bolt all the way out that the nut doesn't fall down inside the pilar. If it does you will have a heck of a time trying to get another nut in there.
     
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    <a target="_blank" href=http://wsphotofews.excite.com/003/9H/QC/39/mk35068.jpg>http://wsphotofews.excite.com/003/9H/QC/39/mk35068.jpg</a>

    trucks must be way easier then blazers. took this photo for you hope it helps
     
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    azblazor 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I've replaced both my strickers, and door latches, hinges and all rubber, it's nice to have doors that actually close like new. We had some problems with the nuts too. You can acess the nuts if you remove the trim pieces. It is kind of a pain though.

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    Trucks are alot more easy, it took me a minute to figure out that pic was of a truck.

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