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Old 10-31-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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Aluminess tire carrier install - Help!

I've been trying to install the Aluminess tire carrier and the stock hinge pin is being a huge PITA. I have drilled out about an inch up, but the thing still wont budge when being hit with a mallet/punch. I used a 5/16 bit for most of it and the 3/8 just for the first 1/2 inch. Its boring out the sleeve so I'm not sure if I want to try to keep going much further. Can anyone who's installed one of these give me some advice on what I need to do to get this hinge pin out?

Here's a pic of the drilled out portion.
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Old 10-31-2015, 04:04 PM   #2
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Re: Aluminess tire carrier install - Help!

Hi,

One member on here took the same problem to his Dad who fixed it quickly with a few blows from a BFH. His reasoning was that his Dad didn't own it and wasn't afraid to risk damage by beating on it like it needed to be beat.

BFH- big f___ing hammer.

If you still can't get it to budge an air chisel with the pointed attachment should do it.

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Old 10-31-2015, 04:09 PM   #3
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Re: Aluminess tire carrier install - Help!

Thanks for the reply. I decided that I would drill a little more which did the trick. A couple more blows with the rubber mallet and it popped loose. It's all buttoned up now...
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Old 10-31-2015, 04:12 PM   #4
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See what one member meant about nothing to lose by his Dad smacking it with a BFH. I respect you using a rubber mallet, but that choice to avoid sheet metal damage is exactly why you had to keep drilling.

Crazy how respect for it makes us hold back.

Glad it's working.

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Old 10-31-2015, 11:37 PM   #5
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Re: Aluminess tire carrier install - Help!

Those damn things were a huge pain to remove. For the swing away box on the right side I had to hand drill a 3/8 hole to get everything to fit. Which reminds me I need to sell the extra tire carrier I have.
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Jin, I just saw this but wish I had sooner. Sounds like you got lucky actually. Mine was not budging no matter what I tried. I pulled the whole door latch off and took it to the mechanic at work. He considered it a challenge of course and had it out in minutes by putting it in a big vise and using, of course, a BFH. Soon after this I told the story to the Aluminess guy at Expo East and he schooled me. He uses an air hammer/chisel with a pointed tip. He said he's done a million of them and it only takes a minute with the right tool. Story of my life.

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Old 11-01-2015, 08:35 AM   #7
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Re: Aluminess tire carrier install - Help!

Mikracer, be sure to use a good thread-locking glue on the bolts holding the upright to the hinge. There's something funny about the vibration pattern and without it you'll be losing bolts at a regular rate.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:32 AM   #8
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For the record, I used an air hammer/chisel on mine to get it out. Just in case someone finds this thread later and is stuck.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:41 AM   #9
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Re: Aluminess tire carrier install - Help!

I should note that I PM'd Redoval prior to posting this since he had just installed one on someone else's van. He said to drill up about an inch vs 1/4 inch on the install instructions. If you don't have an air hammer/chisel, you will need to drill out at least an inch. If you have an air tool, the 1/4 inch to get the rivet off would probably be fine. I would guess that I swung my mallet a couple hundred times trying to get that pin out.
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For the record, I used an air hammer/chisel on mine to get it out. Just in case someone finds this thread later and is stuck.
Thats what we do. Actually made a custom air hammer attachment just for this!
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