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Hard top screws to studs

JWhite

New member
Hey Everyone,
With it getting warmer out, I took the top off my scout for the first time in 2 years. As nice as it was, the top had to go back on and it was a pain to get all the screws to align. With that, I was thinking about switching out the screws for some 5/16" studs. This would hopefully prevent stripping out the welded bed nuts and make the alignment easier in the future. I was wondering if anyone has tried this or something else to make it a little easier. I put both of the parts I was looking at below then just add nuts/washers to secure the top.



Thanks,
Josh
 

ihpartsjeff

Administrator & Owner
Staff member
Never put studs in one before but have thought about it. You are going to want very short studs otherwise a few will be very difficult to get a nut installed under the side windows. Most autoparts stores will have a selection of studs to choose from. I think the ones you posted a link to on our website are going to be a tad too long.
 

JWhite

New member
Hey there Jeff,
So I pulled the trigger and got some studs off of McMaster. They are not exactly the size that I was looking for since they only go down 1/2" rather than the 3/4" of the stock bolts. I also need to add the lock washer, but ultimately it is what I was going for.
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I was able to do a simple test fit on one this past weekend, but need to wait for some better weather to test your concern with the bolts under the windows. I will hopefully get to those later this week or next week and be sure to update you on the results.
Thanks,
Josh
 

JWhite

New member
How did the fit testing go?
Sorry for not posting, so I ended up trying to replace all of them with studs, but some of my weld-nuts on the bed side do not have the most perfect threads (and I currently do not have my tap until I finish moving). So I was only able to get the studs on the back 2 weld nuts on each side. I then purchased a Softtopper (which I love) and it utilizes the 2nd to last spot on the bed rail, so I was able to keep that stud in, but I removed the back-most one. So as of right now, I only have 1 on each side, but I have taken the hard top off and now its back on and I have to say, even with just 1 stud on each side, along with the windshield alignment, it is a breeze to take it on and off. Once I finish moving, I may try to replace one of the front bolts with a stud as well, but I think you could really only do 2 per side especially if you have a soft top that you swap out.
 
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