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02-15-2021 18:05:12

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Trying to keep busy in the cold weather,so thought i would install the new striker bolt i bought at NAPA,[for a GMC] but the washer that comes with it wont go over the bolt, i called the NAPA where i bought it,he tried it on one he had hanging there, also a no go,anybody else run into this. Another strange thing the Allen wrench's fit pretty sloppy,i cant figure out if there metric or fractional !!

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02-16-2021 19:00:25

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to FastFarmall, 02-15-2021 18:05:12  
You did not say what model GMC you are working on, but on the square cab (prior to 1988), that washer threads onto the striker bolt. I have made many of the plastic bushings on the lathe for those models, and none of the washers ever slid off or on over the threads. The 1973-1987 models take a Torx T-55 bit, I think, not an Allen hex.

The 1988-1998 models do not use a plastic bushing on the striker, but worn hinge pins will make the latch drag and eventually flatten the top of the striker bolt.


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02-17-2021 15:30:54

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to GarryinNC, 02-16-2021 19:00:25  
Mine is a 1995, the old washer looks like plastic,the new one is a heavy steel one, its been to cold to go back to the vendor and talk to him.

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02-16-2021 07:26:52

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to FastFarmall, 02-15-2021 18:05:12  
Metric and fractional allens are not interchangeable. they are close,but not close enough. So you may have the wrong wrench. You my have to enlarge the washer with a round file to get it to fit.A guy spends good money on parts. They are expected to fit. But sadly that isnt always the case. Mis packageing,poor machineing,flaws are all factors.As far as I know,'Torx'/star drive is neither metric or fractional. Torx is universal.

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02-16-2021 15:49:54

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to DeltaSteve, 02-16-2021 07:26:52  
thanks Steve, not sure what to do, he said he will take it back,but i need a new striker, i got a boring bar for Lathe,but i wish it would fit!

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02-15-2021 18:23:22

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to FastFarmall, 02-15-2021 18:05:12  
The striker bolts on my '92 F250 are fractional. They're also star drive. No problems with the washers.


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02-15-2021 18:32:44

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to Absent Minded Farmer, 02-15-2021 18:23:22  
That could be, to cold to think of that! But you would think the new one and the original would be the same size, not even close !

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02-15-2021 19:04:52

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to FastFarmall, 02-15-2021 18:32:44  
That is odd. Is it an exact match otherwise? Not that you were handed the wrong one.


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02-15-2021 20:09:31

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 Re: Striker bolt in reply to Absent Minded Farmer, 02-15-2021 19:04:52  
Well he looked it up again, he says it's the right one,and the length is ok,but the shank is 12 thousands bigger than the old one, maybe they compensated for wear, which will work, but that's about how close the washer is from going over the bolt,the land of almost right did it again i think !

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