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While we sell thousands of GraBars and the vast majority install without a problem, we do get that some people experience issues during installation. The main things we hear are that the bolts "won't line up" or that the bottom spacer is "too long/short" or that the bolts won't tighten all the way.
Sometimes Jeep uses a crazy amount of lock-tight - though you can't always see it.
You need to put oil on a bolt and run it in and out over and over.....and over. This will eventually clean all the lock-tight.
However, it can actually get so bad that running a tap through the nut is the best answer. The tap size is M8x1.25.
What we've learned is that Jeep doesn't always get that nut welded in there at the exact same angle.
Thankfully, our bolts are incredibly strong and those nuts are easy to bend to the right angle.
The bottom bolt is the easiest to bend, simply put just the long bolt in the hole and bend it so that it will line up.
Sometimes the bottom won't line up because the top nut needs to be bent. It's a similar procedure as bending the bottom.
See photos and videos below for further explanation.
Some folks can't fold down their sun visor all the way to the window after installing GraBars. See example: (Apologies on the dirty visor! We do Jeep stuff with our Jeep!)
We are very aware of this as it happens on our own JK! There is no engineering solution without getting too complicated with the GraBars design. However, there is an easy solution....
Did you know your JK sun visor can extend? That may seem like a silly question if you knew, but you'd be amazed at how many comments there are in the various forums online from people surprised to find this out. See example:
In our JK, we just leave the visor unclipped and extended to the right about half an inch. It doesn't shake or anything and stays very solid when flipped up. This allows us to extend the visor all the way forward. See example:
After leaving it unclipped 4 years ago, we've just not even thought about it since! We hope this solution works for you!