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Something I should have thought of before i removed the hard top

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Me89'Jimmy, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. Me89'Jimmy

    Me89'Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    I finally got around to taking a look at my hard top a few days ago, figures its held down by those wierd hex bolt with the elevated center deals. Anyway to cut a long story short i got them out with either A. Hammer and Chisel B. Welder and Re-bar C. Sawzall and of course its supposed to rain for the rest of the week. Anyway my problem is with the hex bolts ruined what size replacements should i use, and do i really need to put in those two rear bolts that are mounted from the under side? /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif correction /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
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  2. Pure Insanity

    Pure Insanity 1/2 ton status

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    I seem to remember reading a lot of guys dont run the last 2 bolts cause theyre so hard to get to. If nothing else get it on w/out those bolts and just be easy w/ it till someone can say for sure.
     
  3. Silver84k5

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    those rear bolts dont mean dick, dont put em back in,

    hell right now i only got 4 bolts on the bed rails, and im missing on of the bolts on the cab,

    usually i got all the bolts on the bedrails but i just didnt feel like putting the rest of them in today heh.
     
  4. sled_dog

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    ha I took mine off yesterday. Suppossed to rain tonight and tomorrow :-/ oh well I took my carpet out and covered my seat. Friend and I went to put her back on this afternoon and realized the two of us it wasn't happening. Pulled a muscle in my shoulder trying to lift it up off my neck.
     
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    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    yeah i didnt put those corner ones back in either...i dont think i did at least. i do know i ran without them for a while and it didnt matter
     
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    My corner ones weren't in when I got it and haven't seen a problem.
     
  7. HarryH3

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    usually i got all the bolts on the bedrails but i just didnt feel like putting the rest of them in today heh.

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    Just don't forget to put 'em in before you go wheelin'. I think it was Greg72 that ripped up his hard top by going wheelin' with just a few bolts holding the top on. When the body flexed the bolts ripped through the top. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif The metal rail along the top on 2nd Gen K5's probably would help somewhat, but it would suck to ruin your hard top.
     
  8. Silver84k5

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    Heh, i will, i didnt even put the metal rails on, i just wanted to drive my truck to the store, so i threw them in real quick,

    by the way, almost wrecked on the way to the store, i posted about it in the garage

    If you ever adjust your steering box with that little allen screw on the top, Be aware, It goes bad after a week or so of driving, a lot worse then it was before the adjustment.

    sorry for hijackin heh
     
  9. tRustyK5

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    Prolly a little late to mention this...but they sell security torx bits at the parts stores so you don't need a chisel or welder.../forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    rene
     
  10. BlazerGuy

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    Yeah I usually just use 4 bolts to keep the damn thing on for the 2 months that it's on in the winter.
     
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    I'm not trying to jack your post, but what about body or frame getting tweaked by flexing w/out the top?
     
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    Most rock crawlers, and trail runners, Wheel without the top as much as possible, so i dont think it is anything to worry about.
     
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    SWEEEEEEET. See you out there... /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  14. Chaz88K5

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    I'm not trying to jack your post, but what about body or frame getting tweaked by flexing w/out the top?

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    i dont think a fiberglass top would help much with the body twisting...most of the wheelin i have done in my 88 was with the hard top on..and my body is still cracking and breaking up around the door pillers /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif and around the tail gate...there is no rust at all in it so i know thats not the problem..(gota love California for no rust vehicals)
     
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    k5s flex a bit more without the top on. Whether its bad for the body I don't know. I know without my top on the roof of my half cab can be heard popping on bumps like its popping a dent out. Never heard it with the cap on. And its not like it can only be heard with the cap off cause it echoes through the metal.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Assuming Greg72 was in a 72 that would be a full top K5, those have much more of a top cracking prob.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    The torx screws didn't come on the older modles, they are some sort of lawsuite generated crap. Throw them in the trash.
     
  18. Blackmagic

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    So what is the correct bolt thread and size? I took my top off last summer and some of them were corroded. I would like to get replacement ones in stainless for this summer. I seem to remember that they were slightly tapered!?! Am I remembering that wrong or are they tapered?

    Later,
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    They are tapered, helps line up floating nut plates. Decide if you want the taper or stainless steel. Hardware store for S/S or LMC/Year One/dealer for the chrome & tapered ones. Take one out when you go to the store to get the size.
     

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