Bed Rails On The Cheap

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    The orange store sells these for $5 or so for a pkg. works on short or tall unistrut. Plan to use short strut to make bed rails and paint them black. I used a piece of short strut to make an adjustable track mount on the top of the dash,that I painted black, for my phone, 2 HAM radios and go pro using these clips in 1/4-20 thread. Worked fine.

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    DOH!
     
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    These are the style to use on the 1/2 strut. You have this option, a tightly wound spring on top style, and a metal spring clip on top.

    To install these easier, start a bolt in the nut through the top spring, line nut up parallel to sides of strut, push in on bolt and turn clockwise. Once in you can thread the bolt out. You can also use the bolt in the nut to slide the nut to it's final location. Just push in slightly and slide it left or right.
     
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    I thought about getting a bag of them at first but I got the spring ones when I got the struts, M6 bolts, washers and ECT. I think that I did pick up a bag of them later.
     
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    The ones I posted a pick of above come in 1/4-20 thread as well as 3/8 and 1/2 thread. I used the 1/4 thread on the short piece I mounted the radios to as the holes in the radio brackets fit a 1/4 bolt and I have a 1/4-20 mount for the go-pro. In the bed I planned on using the 1/2” threaded ones to mount some d-rings or v-rings to the rails for extra tie downs that would be strong enough to attach a snugged up Rachet strap.
     
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