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Offset washers #1305472 Sun Mar 31 2019 09:06 PM
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Apache1 Offline OP
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Why did GM opt to use this type of washer when securing the bed planks? What exactly is the purpose and how do they relate to the underside crossmembers? Is an offset countersink and special tool required?

Last edited by Apache1; Sun Mar 31 2019 09:07 PM.

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Re: Offset washers [Re: Apache1] #1305474 Sun Mar 31 2019 09:30 PM
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My guess is to stop the washer from spinning when tighening the nut. All other bolt holes are square to shoulder the bolt.

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Re: Offset washers [Re: Apache1] #1305495 Sun Mar 31 2019 11:42 PM
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Sounds logical....but how much spinning can be expected when tightening against wood?


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Re: Offset washers [Re: Apache1] #1305496 Sun Mar 31 2019 11:49 PM
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They are not for securing planks, they are the holes for attaching "bed" to the frame. As HB says, the counterbore (not countersink) hole locks the washer from spinning, the square on the bolt fits into square in washer to keep bolt from spinning.
Without the counterbore the washer would still spin. Bed wood companies can drill these for you. They are only used at the locations for tying to truck frame. You can buy a counterbore bit and do it yourself if you use the correct technique or a template.


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Re: Offset washers [Re: Apache1] #1305509 Mon Apr 01 2019 01:23 AM
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Still doesn't explain why they were designed with an offset.


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Re: Offset washers [Re: Apache1] #1305511 Mon Apr 01 2019 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Apache1
Still doesn't explain why they were designed with an offset.

Sure it does. If the bolt hole was centered, the washer could rotate in the counterbore. With the bolt hole offset, the outer rim of the washer immediately bumps up against the side of the wood counterbore and can't rotate any farther. They have a square hole for the carriage bolts so that the nut on the bottom of the frame can be tightened.


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Re: Offset washers [Re: Apache1] #1305540 Mon Apr 01 2019 12:44 PM
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OK...that cam action thing...got it!


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