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Old 10-12-2007, 12:51 AM   #1
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how to remove rocker panel trim brackets from samis and sidekicks

tonight i removed the rocker trim brackets from my kick. they are attached the same way the ones on the sami are, so i figured id post this here so everyone could benefit.

well, you know they make the spot weld drill bit, but those things are too pricey for me. i dont like to drill a hole thru the rocker panel, so a regular drill bit is out of the question too. it is too hard for me to stay out of the rocker panel itself with a grinder, so i have never had much luck with this type of project. until tonight when i just happened to think of something, tried it, and loved it! it really made this easy.

what i did was this:

i took an old worn out 1/4" drill bit and ground it flat. then i put just a SLIGHT angle to it. i mean, maybe 1 degree. it almost looks flat across the tip of the drill bit. then just drill slowly, checking your progress every so often so as not to drill into the rocker panel. i used pliers to hold the bracket and move it back and forth to help weaken the metal on the bracket to help the process.

the drill bit ate right thru the spot welds. ground it smooth and some black paint, and perfecto! ready for my side guards to be installed on the rockers.
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:54 AM   #2
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Good idea Joe. And thanks for this i'll be removing mine soon.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:40 AM   #3
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just go slow, but it worked like a CHARM!
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:28 AM   #4
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Bummer, I already removed my rockers

Good idea, I remember using a drill and a grinder.
After that I up all the holes.
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Old 10-13-2007, 11:18 AM   #5
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I work at an aircraft plant so sometimes I can "borrow" stuff. A spotface without the drill guide worked alright to, everybody has a broken drill bit somewhere though. Nice, might try your way when I take mine off.
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Old 10-13-2007, 01:07 PM   #6
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Old 10-13-2007, 01:44 PM   #7
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