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post #1 of 4 Old 11-23-2010, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Installing Body Armor Extreme

I am about to install the Body Armor Extreme Rails on my 4-door. Seems pretty straight forward. However, wrt the side bolts that require me to drill into the side, the kit comes with the riv/screw assembly that clearly requires a larger hole to be drilled. Is there any reason why I should not try to simply tap a hole instead? Is the metal too thin? Am I going to get a more solid connection with the rivet screw setup? Do they experience any appreciable stress upon actual use of the sliders?

Also, what should I do with the drilled holes to save them from rusting? RustOleum?

Finally, has anyone installed these yet and do you remember what size bit I will need to use on the side? (if it was stated in the instructions, I just missed it)

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-23-2010, 06:15 PM
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The sheet metal is pretty thin IMO. I would use the riv nuts. I am not familar with those sliders but my River Raider set needed to be drilled also. I just used some primer on the holes to keep out the rust.

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Thanks Ogre... will use the riv-nuts provided.

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I second Ogre, use the rivnuts. I've used them for my corner armor and they're pretty tough. Drill bit size will depend on the rivnuts they included, but make sure the hole isn't any bigger than necessary so the rivnut slides in snuggly. Any excess play will substantially reduce it's ability to hold once its crimped down. I used a little nailpolish type bottle of touch up paint to hit the holes after I drilled them since I had it my toolbox.

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