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Determining Bolt sizes?

Came up with this after trying to install my new gas can holders. Didn't have a bolt the right size setting around in my junk bin. Did the deck plate mod yesterday and had the reducer sitting around.

Have you ever had problem trying to get the right size bolt for your project? Here's a no brainer for you. We all buy silicone or gasket sealent. They come with a reducer. Use once and throw away. Right? Not anymore. When you need to figure out what size bolt is needed for you project and your not sure do what I did:

Find that out reducer

http://www.ttora.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=7803&stc=1

Insert it into the hole your trying to determine the size of.

http://www.ttora.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=7804&stc=1

Use a sharp knife to trim the outside flush.

http://www.ttora.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=7805&stc=1

Now take this with you to the store and use the cut end for your size.

Hopefully this isn't rocket science.

This is if you don't have a bolt size laying around you need to compare with. Thread count is up to you.

Warning: Insure you use the right grade of nut and bolt for your appilcation

OK you'll lets not nuke this easy idea

Good for approx 1/2" and smaller
 

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Rebuilt98 said:
or take another bolt that fits in the hole to the hardware store or bring the nut. Those both work well and no guessing on the thread pitch.

My preferred method cosidering I work at a hardware store...
 

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This cheap trick is about not having the right size bolt handy. If your rebuilding, overhualing or installing new, then you will have the right size for an example. This was for the new gas can holder brackets I can't match. Have one size bigger and one size too small. Just something different to use?
 

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We all buy silicone or gasket sealent. They come with a reducer. Use once and throw away. Right?
I don't throw them away-
I let the silicone harden , then I get a small nail and push out the old silicone-
 

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There are only so many bolts out there is what I'm saying. Steal one from something on your truck that you know fits. Like for instance the bolts that hold the bpv to the frame are the same thread pitch as the skid plate front bolts on my truck. If you had too, take one out and use it to match up.
I used my own trick the other day to install my gas can holders. The factor holes ended up being 11/32", so I got that size bit (couldn't fine mine (sons room?)till after job finished) to drill bed and can holder upper hole. I used 5/16" nuts and bolts w/ washers and lock washers.
 
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