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Old 02-14-2019, 09:27 AM
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I'll do a little more homework, but I don't THINK stainless/alum. is an issue. Ferrous metal and alum don't play well together, but I think stainless is OK.
Here you go, pretty much sums up why not to use Stainless Steel with Aluminum. https://www.albanycountyfasteners.co...-and-aluminum/
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He could always install the socket with 1/8 or 3/16 alum pop-rivets. Easy enough to remove if needed.
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I'll do a little more homework, but I don't THINK stainless/alum. is an issue. Ferrous metal and alum don't play well together, but I think stainless is OK.
Ford actually has a document relating to this issue for people doing upfits, it is an issue. I came across it on a ham radio forum when I was installing a radio in my truck. You have to drill oversized holes and put a collar type of fitting. Think of something that looks like a t-nut used for putting into wood with the threads in the wood. You have to use aluminum washers and additionally some kind of corrosion preventive compound (No-Alox, and there's even a Motorcraft part).
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Those are called Riv-Nuts, used to use them all the time, and they come with the Kicker kits for the 09-14 MY Screws. Took one to the dealer to see if they had the rivnut gun, and they were clueless as to what it was. It's like a rivet gun, but uses a threaded shank that screws into the riv nut, then you stick it in the hole, compress it, then unscrew it. They work great, if you can find the tool!

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Some things to read

https://nylok.com/products/nyshield?...hoCfd8QAvD_BwE

Lots of choices for aluminum screws or bolts

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Those are called Riv-Nuts, used to use them all the time, and they come with the Kicker kits for the 09-14 MY Screws. Took one to the dealer to see if they had the rivnut gun, and they were clueless as to what it was. It's like a rivet gun, but uses a threaded shank that screws into the riv nut, then you stick it in the hole, compress it, then unscrew it. They work great, if you can find the tool!

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This is the solution I found: https://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-...leid=201838784
If you look at the detail the self tapping screws are aluminum also it has a backing plate the screws go through that sandwich the bed sheet metal. This way it's not dependent on the screw attachment or fatiguing the sheet metal with use.
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This is the solution I found: https://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-...leid=201838784
If you look at the detail the self tapping screws are aluminum also it has a backing plate the screws go through that sandwich the bed sheet metal. This way it's not dependent on the screw attachment or fatiguing the sheet metal with use.
Good find, looks like exactly what you need. One tip, when you drill out the hole with a hole saw, take a file and go around the entire opening to remove any steel contamination from the hole saw. Doing this will help curb any possibility of cross contamination from the saw and prevent corrosion. Ideally you would want to use a Greenlee hole punch instead, but they are not cheap for a one time use.
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So I assume nobody has gone ahead with this yet? Iím curious. My plan is to install the Ford in box 7pin kit from a Super Duty, Iím just not sure where I want to mount it. My goal is to have it as high as possible inside the box to avoid conflict with firewood etc at the bottom.
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Originally Posted by Trevor DeRouchie View Post
So I assume nobody has gone ahead with this yet? Iím curious. My plan is to install the Ford in box 7pin kit from a Super Duty, Iím just not sure where I want to mount it. My goal is to have it as high as possible inside the box to avoid conflict with firewood etc at the bottom.
I wasn't aware Ford made a kit for 7 pin. I even checked with two dealers that couldn't find anything. If the weather and time hold out I may get to this today.
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Yes they do. Ask your dealer to lookup a 15A416 (basic part number) for a 2016 F350, as an example. I work for a Ford dealer and usually keep one in stock.
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