Please help ASAP- installing ace sliders and need some advice

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I re-read your reply, sorry. So, they cut the floor pan above the mount? Man, that would be a tough pill to swallow if it came to that.
My mechanic went in from top got the broken bolt out and then patched it like new - the Jeep already has drain holes in it btw.
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Well, we got it all except for the passenger side back bolt. The nut has disappeared into the abyss, and no magnet or hook can find it. I have no options left. The body bolt has nothing to screw into. Maybe I can alternatively use a swedge type bolt to replace it? @ACE Engineering

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If possible, email these pics to [email protected] and give us a call at the shop. AJ is our Production Supervisor and has installed hundreds of Rock Sliders. He may have some pointers. 586-806-6641.

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What about taking a rubber mallet to the frame around that area to see if you can jar the nut loose, listening for any vibration. I'd bet the nut just got wedged in there somewhere.

I have a USB Camera that fits in tight spaces like that. Got it on Amazon and it works on my phone/tablet/laptop. Know anyone around you that may have one? I do think the rubber mallet approach may work. Just don't get angry and hit something you shouldn't! Best of luck, wish we could help more.
Leaving to borrow a diag camera now...
 

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Good info. Sorry you are dealing with this. I had them on my JK with no problem. Just got a 2 door Rubicon and I have been struggling with whether to buy these or not. At $395.00 and the shipping to SC at $100.00 it was tough to decide but now that I have read a couple of threads about bolts breaking off I think I am going to move in a different direction.
 

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Hi, don’t know if you found the channel nut yet. I ran into the some problem, a couple of taps with a small rubber mallet, found it was towards the front. I went to Tractor supply , harbor tools will do. I bought a small round magnet with a hole in the center and first attached it to a wire clothes hanger but it wasn’t long enough. T ended up using a long piece of stiff 10ga wire and got it back to where it belongs. Hope this helps
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Good info. Sorry you are dealing with this. I had them on my JK with no problem. Just got a 2 door Rubicon and I have been struggling with whether to buy these or not. At $395.00 and the shipping to SC at $100.00 it was tough to decide but now that I have read a couple of threads about bolts breaking off I think I am going to move in a different direction.
I will testify to the quality of these sliders. I have banged the crap out of mine falling off boulders and other than the coating they are perfect.
 

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I will testify to the quality of these sliders. I have banged the crap out of mine falling off boulders and other than the coating they are perfect.
Agree with the quality....As I mentioned I have had them on my 2012 Arctic Edition and my 2017 JK Recon. Again a "Great Product"...My point is at $500.00 I can't afford to take a chance and have a bolt break off and have to have a repair done etc...Something must be different with the bolts/lock tab on the JL vs JK even though they look the same to me. Bolts were tough to get off the JK but I don't recall anyone breaking them off. Again not a knock on the slider...
 

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Good info. Sorry you are dealing with this. I had them on my JK with no problem. Just got a 2 door Rubicon and I have been struggling with whether to buy these or not. At $395.00 and the shipping to SC at $100.00 it was tough to decide but now that I have read a couple of threads about bolts breaking off I think I am going to move in a different direction.
If you change your mind, a couple of things. I think shipping is probably closer to $70 to S. Carolina on JL 2-Door Sliders, and we do offer a Forum Discount. Together that would get you down to about $425 delivered.

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Agree with the quality....As I mentioned I have had them on my 2012 Arctic Edition and my 2017 JK Recon. Again a "Great Product"...My point is at $500.00 I can't afford to take a chance and have a bolt break off and have to have a repair done etc...Something must be different with the bolts/lock tab on the JL vs JK even though they look the same to me. Bolts were tough to get off the JK but I don't recall anyone breaking them off. Again not a knock on the slider...
Cool I should have known you knew that since you had them..

In my case there was loctite. I suspect some heat would have made it easier. I assume these issues are the ones that get posted and most are smooth.
 

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If you change your mind, a couple of things. I think shipping is probably closer to $70 to S. Carolina on JL 2-Door Sliders, and we do offer a Forum Discount. Together that would get you down to about $425 delivered.

Thanks,

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Thanks...I will certainly consider.
 

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Check out Loctite website mostly anaerobic products are used and they all have a melting point. The bolt will not heat up enough to cause them to bind, Melted Loctite acts as a lubricant., and depending what “ color” or number they all have different holding and melting values. There is even a accelerator to spray both parts with so you don’t have to wait 12-24 hours to cure
I have used the Quick Metel for a fix on a axle bearing just to get home. Clean it big time, spray on the accellerant and apply Quick metel and let it sit for a little bit. No more spun bearing
The website will also tell you what to use for your application
 
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It’s true that not all super heros wear capes. We got them on! Thank you all who replied for the assist. That’s what this forum is all about, and couldn’t have done it without you.

The diagnostic camera I borrowed was really the tool that was most helpful. We put it up in the body mount, and confirmed the nut actually still existed up there, it was wedged about as far back as it could go in that cavity. We then fished a wire coat hanger up there, and got it close enough to the hole to let our magnet do the rest of the fishing. These will be on for the duration of my ownership, as I will never touch those body mount bolts again, lol.

Thanks again, jeeper-heros!

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It’s true that not all super heros wear capes. We got them on! Thank you all who replied for the assist. That’s what this forum is all about, and couldn’t have done it without you.

The diagnostic camera I borrowed was really the tool that was most helpful. We put it up in the body mount, and confirmed the nut actually still existed up there, it was wedged about as far back as it could go in that cavity. We then fished a wire coat hanger up there, and got it close enough to the hole to let our magnet do the rest of the fishing. These will be on for the duration of my ownership, as I will never touch those body mount bolts again, lol.

Thanks again, jeeper-heros!

@ACE Engineering

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I was just getting ready to ask how you are doing?

I was pretty stressed when this happened to me.
 

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It’s true that not all super heros wear capes. We got them on! Thank you all who replied for the assist. That’s what this forum is all about, and couldn’t have done it without you.


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Congrats. I love my Ace Sliders. Love the look and the toughness. And despite lots of gravel roads (and KO2s) I have no damage to my rear fenders or door hinges. I hear lots of 'pings' as the rocks hit the sliders but even though they are not solid, they seem to block the rock slinging. Thanks @ACE Engineering ! Trying to save up the money for their trail doors.
 
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