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I need to take my bed off to fix some rusty crossmembers underneath it, and so far i have broke 3 T50 torx sockets (2 where brand new craftsman) trying to get the bed bolts out. They are not budging with an air or electric impact gun and a 1/2 drive breaker bar with a pipe keeps breaking the sockets. Anyone have any ideas? I tryed spraying stuff on the nuts underneath the bed but a couple are hard to get to, so i cant heat them either. The only idea i have is to weld nuts to the top of the bolts so i can use the breaker bar then look for new bolts later. thanks

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I need to take my bed off to fix some rusty crossmembers underneath it, and so far i have broke 3 T50 torx sockets (2 where brand new craftsman) trying to get the bed bolts out. They are not budging with an air or electric impact gun and a 1/2 drive breaker bar with a pipe keeps breaking the sockets. Anyone have any ideas? I tryed spraying stuff on the nuts underneath the bed but a couple are hard to get to, so i cant heat them either. The only idea i have is to weld nuts to the top of the bolts so i can use the breaker bar then look for new bolts later. thanks
We had the same problem when we took my bed off. We had to heat the clips with a blow torch and then use the impact while they were still hot

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i had the same problem as well. 4 came out and the 4 inch the middle of my bed (long bed) just broke the bits, i pulled out the grinder and took the heads of the bolts off. after countless tried with the heat i just took the heads right off, i lifted the bed off and replaced the 4 bolts and washer/nut things. it was a pain cutting them off but imo it was the only way to get them off. them bits were expensive too

i used my engine hoist to help with pulling the bed as well


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hit the SH!T out of the bolt with a hammer, spray some penetrating oil on the nuts, bump it with an impact, and hit it with a hammer again.

i have worked at a truck accessories place for 3 yrs. and we install B&W gooseneck hitches and we undo the bed bolt to get them put them in(its easier than just putting it in piece by piece) and thats how we have to undo them. Even still though there is some that still wont undo, when this happens we just cut them off with a torch and then replace the bolts. Good Luck

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thanks guys. i know i can heat some of them but a couple i cant get to. how much are bed bolts? can i get them anywhere besides the ford dealership?

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you could just get bolts if you want, thats whats on my buddies woods truck, we welded tabs in and just used bolts. my buddy works for a dealer so he got them for me at cost..honestly i cant remember what i paid, call up and see what they say

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i had the same problem as well. 4 came out and the 4 inch the middle of my bed (long bed) just broke the bits, i pulled out the grinder and took the heads of the bolts off. after countless tried with the heat i just took the heads right off, i lifted the bed off and replaced the 4 bolts and washer/nut things. it was a pain cutting them off but imo it was the only way to get them off. them bits were expensive too

i used my engine hoist to help with pulling the bed as well

I agree, thats what i did. i then just used regular bolts to replace all the bed bolts so they would be easier to get off later if needed
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yeah i guess there isnt any reason they would have to be factory bed bolts.

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