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Old 05-14-2014, 05:15 PM
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I drilled straight through the tube steel through both sides of the tube in two places (1 buckle each). I think I used a common hardware item - 4" gr. 8 cad bolt, lock washer, and nut. Secure and satisfied. It's not like the connection is exposed to water 24/7/365...it's in and out. Never-sieze....will do the trick. Done deal.

Anti-seize doesn't dress up threading issues. It is more useful as a corrosion prohibitor or seizing from heat and corrosion ( I noticed this product about 30 years ago when working on high-temp / high-pressure steam lines). The maintenance mechanics always used it for said application on most all threaded connections. I used it on all connections i.e hoses, threaded, pinned, key-way, slip-joint, etc.

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:09 PM
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Thanks for all the input. I picked up some grade 8 bolts to use instead of the SS.

For the install I drilled though the one side of the tube and reached through the brake light opening to put the washer/nut on. Care must be taken not to drop anything down the tube... not that it may have happened Shop vac to the rescue.

I did email the Boat Buckle contact and got a quick reply. They describe the hardware as "a mechanical lock nut that is made to be very tight". No kidding. New ones were also offered so nice customer support.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:09 PM
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:54 PM
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:52 PM
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:44 PM
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:04 PM
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My bolts did the exact same thing. I can't remember exactly what I put on, I think I ordered ss from fastenal. I broke mine while still tightening. It is a pain as you are working inside the channel through the tail light hole. In the end, it was worth it. They are always there and there is no excuse for not using them. I see you are running them with no platform. The hooks, even though coated can wear on the gel a little so be careful with out the teak. When the platform is on, I run it between the first and second slats and the hooks no longer touch. I am a it more careful not to load them to the max and risk damaging the teak.
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Old 05-15-2014, 05:35 PM
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My bolts did the exact same thing. I can't remember exactly what I put on, I think I ordered ss from fastenal. I broke mine while still tightening. It is a pain as you are working inside the channel through the tail light hole. In the end, it was worth it. They are always there and there is no excuse for not using them. I see you are running them with no platform. The hooks, even though coated can wear on the gel a little so be careful with out the teak. When the platform is on, I run it between the first and second slats and the hooks no longer touch. I am a it more careful not to load them to the max and risk damaging the teak.
The platform goes on last thing... Won't fit in the garage with it.

I also tried cutting a tennis ball to slide over the belt just past the hook. It keeps the hook off the gel and is still very sturdy.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:58 PM
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Probably bad threads on the bolt or nut. They should easily thread to the base of the bolt unless they are lock-nuts.
Too late to do you much good, but from the picture it appears to be a 'jet nut' or K-nut.

Wiki - "Jet Nut-It has a flange on one end of the nut, the hex is smaller than a standard sized hex nut, and it is shorter than a standard hex nut. It achieves its locking action by using an elliptical offset on the un-flanged end of the nut"

I usually refer to them as jam nuts, but that is really something altogether different (a half high nut). Looking at them, it appears they are made by smashing the nut (elliptical). If in stainless I could see where the fusing could create your issues.

Heck, was trying to quote the photo from post 13.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:44 PM
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interesting... too bad the instructions did not explain the type of nut. Nice job.. I felt better one I installed the boat buckles as well.
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