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How to: Remove Running board mounts

NHarris

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So here's the finished write-up on removing the mounts that hold the running boards in place.

I know its TORX not Torax, thanks to snoranger and bigrondo for pointing out the mistake I made so I can make the correction!

So here's how its done.
Supplies needed:
Torx T40 bit
An explorer that has been out in the mud the day before :rolleyes:
1/4" ratchet
7mm (let me double check later) socket
3/8" Driver ratchet
13mm socket

Combine the socket and torx t40 piece to create....
tool.jpg

Here's the problem of why they wont come out....this little torx 40 screw.
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=51117&ppuser=144748
Undo the torx screw until its loose and then it come right off. :)
mounts.jpg

And you're done!

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The torx screw is up above that lip. Remember to release the parking brake before doing this.

I will try to get the passenger side off. I need to do some more research on it. I think the mounts on the passenger side will probably not come off, but I wanted this side off...

Hope this helps!
Questions and comments are welcome!
And yes, I know my undercoating work wasnt that great....:p:
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PASSENGER SIDE:

DISCLAMER: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, SCRATCHES, OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT HAPPENS TO YOUR EXPLORER. THIS IS A HOW TO THREAD THEREFORE ALL WORK IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES, because you want to see how your explorer looks afterwards! :D

ATTENTION This was difficult for me. Because ford decided they'd stick some A/C compressor lines above the mounts :mad: So you all with rear air lines refer to this passenger side write up. For you lucky ones refer back to the driver side because I assume its got to be the same or close (for removal)

Well I trudged out into the cold to remove the passenger side mounts. Being sick made this worse, but I got bored :rolleyes: This one is a little more difficult and you will scratch that crappy underside paint (I will be redoing mine anyway...). So here we go:

Supplies Needed:
3/8" Drive Ratchet
13mm Socket
Some sort of Hacksaw
Hammer
Wire Brush (if you have some rust like I did)
supplies.jpg


Remove the nuts. Leave one on to anchor the mount, I didn't leave the nuts on here, I wanted to see which way was best.
removal1edit.jpg

Cut Fairly close to the lip of the metal. As the arrows point, there are the scratches that may occur. If you are OCD about your paint this way isnt for you :D Do the same to the other bolt on the mount
removal2edit.jpg

After sawing both you should be able to push up on the bolts and it should slide out. Do realize there is a few rear air A/C lines running above this so you will have to turn the piece 90 degrees to remove it. Here's the mount after it has been taken out.
removal3edit.jpg

Now the most difficult one. This front mount. They move the line very close to the bottom of this. This is where your hammer will come in to play. You need to take the nail puller side and push down on the metal bending it enough to get your mount above the hole. This goes for the other bolt hole too. You will have to hit the mount gently with a hammer to knock it out. DO NOT HIT THE MOUNT WITH FULL FORCE. Cut as close as you can to the lip on this mount. You will flake some paint off (its on the underside), but just get a $3.00 bottle of touch up paint.
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Well now you are finished :D
Thanks for viewing this thread,
Nate
 



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Nice work Nate. I've already referred someone to this how to. :thumbsup:
 






did you lift the truck to get under and do that? And are you assuming the passenger side will not work because of the brake line?
 






Good job.

One thing-- they are Torx not Torax bolts.
 






did you lift the truck to get under and do that? And are you assuming the passenger side will not work because of the brake line?
Nope. All done while the truck was sitting on all 4s. Lifting it would make it easier. Its either a brake or fuel line, I have yet to track where its point of origin is. I am going to work on the passenger side tonight see what I can do.


Good job.

One thing-- they are Torx not Torax bolts.

Thanks a lot for the correction! I appreciate it. Let me go and fix that.
 






I thought it was a brake line but I may be wrong...
 






Brake line or fuel line. I didn't get a chance to start on the passenger side mounts...wasn't feeling at tip top shape tonight. Tomorrow is saturday and a good day to do some work! I don't want to do any jerking on those lines being that I don't want to screw something up.

AND I FOUND RUST!!!!!!!! :mad: We'll see who wins; me vs. rust :rolleyes:
 






Brake line or fuel line. I didn't get a chance to start on the passenger side mounts...wasn't feeling at tip top shape tonight. Tomorrow is saturday and a good day to do some work! I don't want to do any jerking on those lines being that I don't want to screw something up.

AND I FOUND RUST!!!!!!!! :mad: We'll see who wins; me vs. rust :rolleyes:

Just trying to get the running board bolts off with the lines running through was a project in itself, then when my running board dropped my brace holding it up slipped and the bracket got caught on the line, thought it was going to do some damage but i caught it in time.
 






Pictures back up; sorry for those who may have referred to it without the pics.
 






Pictures back up; sorry for those who may have referred to it without the pics.

Im still not able to view the images, its got little photobucket error pictures that say... "This image or video has been moved or deleted". Sucks, this seems like it was the thread I was looking for to visually see how to do this project to the best of my ability. =(
 






I'll get em back up tonight. Sorry!
 







Im still not able to view the images, its got little photobucket error pictures that say... "This image or video has been moved or deleted". Sucks, this seems like it was the thread I was looking for to visually see how to do this project to the best of my ability. =(

They are back up now. :thumbsup:
 






2007 Explorer Running Board Mounts

Hi Harris,

Your Running board thread is awesome.

I just bought non OEM running boards and since I accidently striped the t40 screw

I would rather use the OEM Mounts it came with so would you know the Nut size per Mount.

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The truck didnt have the board when bought.

Thanks in advance,
 






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