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LR4 Rear Ladder Install Help

Discussion in 'LR4' started by cbboard, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. cbboard

    cbboard Full Access Member

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    I went to install a new Frontrunner rear ladder on my LR4 and ran into a snag. The two center bolts that attach the rear lift handle just spin. I think they rusted/seized into the handle with the nuts dislodging. I am guessing that my only option is to drill them out. Any thoughts?

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    I would say that is Gods way of telling me not to install a ladder.
     
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    Can you get a pry tool under the bolt heads so you can apply some pressure as the drill tries to back them out?
     
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    That's a good thought. will give that a try tonight.
     
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    Agreed. If that doesn't work, visegrip and let rotate until it rests on something to prevent rotation.
     
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    I had to do almost the exact same thing except I used needle nose pliers. It just took adding a tiny bit of resistance to get it loose.
     
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    Those bolts go into nutserts in the rear tailgate handle. They lose their bite in the plastic over time and then spin. I ended up replacing my whole handle recently (and my car is only 2015!).
     
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    I've been having a hell of a time sourcing the OEM ladder but reports like this make me veer to the aftermarket options that go on the starboard side and hook on various edges of the rear hatch. I do like the OEM look and keeping everything stock, though.

    @cbboard did you ever get this sorted out?
     
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    Wasn't there a thread about removing a rusty ladder? My limited experiences with rusty LR accessories (looking at you LR running boards) would move me towards the aftermarket.
     
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    I've got a FrontRunner ladder and it's been rust free so far, but I do agree that the mounting design isn't not optimal - those nutserts were never designed to take this sort of load.
     
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