RedRock 4x4 HD Tailgate Reinforcement Panel Woes

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During my install I ran into some problems with a stuck bolt on the hinge of my tailgate. Turns out I was not using the right tool for the job.... three of the bolts came off fine with a T50 but the last one just ended up stripped (See that attached image).

I tried everything I could think of until I finally went out and bought a T55 socket, I tried to fit it into the bolt head with not much luck until I finally just took a heavy hammer and knocked the every living crap out of it.

Was finally able to get it to turn loose while slowly applying pressure to my breaker bar.

I really just wanted to post the picture so if any of ya'll are running into a stripped bolt just know it can probably still be salvaged before handing her over to a stealership.

Safe wrenching everybody!

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During my install I ran into some problems with a stuck bolt on the hinge of my tailgate. Turns out I was not using the right tool for the job.... three of the bolts came off fine with a T50 but the last one just ended up stripped (See that attached image).

I tried everything I could think of until I finally went out and bought a T55 socket, I tried to fit it into the bolt head with not much luck until I finally just took a heavy hammer and knocked the every living crap out of it.

Was finally able to get it to turn loose while slowly applying pressure to my breaker bar.

I really just wanted to post the picture so if any of ya'll are running into a stripped bolt just know it can probably still be salvaged before handing her over to a stealership.

Safe wrenching everybody!

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How do you like the reinforcement?
 

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During my install I ran into some problems with a stuck bolt on the hinge of my tailgate. Turns out I was not using the right tool for the job.... three of the bolts came off fine with a T50 but the last one just ended up stripped (See that attached image).

I tried everything I could think of until I finally went out and bought a T55 socket, I tried to fit it into the bolt head with not much luck until I finally just took a heavy hammer and knocked the every living crap out of it.

Was finally able to get it to turn loose while slowly applying pressure to my breaker bar.

I really just wanted to post the picture so if any of ya'll are running into a stripped bolt just know it can probably still be salvaged before handing her over to a stealership.

Safe wrenching everybody!

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Tailgate hinge actually takes a T55, not T50, hammer in the bit to break the paint for a snug fit.
 
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How do you like the reinforcement?
I like it, feels like a poor mans reinforcement though... but I just could not pull the trigger on the 600+ for the proper mopar kit.

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I've got the same thing, using it with the EAG relocation bracket from Amazon 'cause at the time I ordered it was much cheaper than the Redrock relocation bracket (no longer true last I looked).

I kinda think the Redrock stuff and EAG are the same manufacturer but don't have enough data to prove it.

Anyway I felt build quality of the Redrock reinforcement was quite good. Welds were nice, construction made sense.

I drilled and tapped it for my CB antenna bracket, too.

Immediately after install I dropped off a big ledge in Moab and caught my spare. It buckled the tg sheetmetal between the hinges a little but I'm convinced without the Redrock reinforcement stiffening things up a bit it would have been much worse.

Kinda funny, I was getting a "warble" from the sheetmetal damage until I came from the inside and knocked it out.
 
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