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1/2" Bolt Leader

1/2" Bolt Leader

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1/2" Bolt Leader used to fishwire bolts through the frame of vehicles.


  • Overall Length: 20-1/2"

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5482 1/2" Bolt Leader

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Video Transcript for Using a 1/2 inch Bolt Leader FAQ

All right today, we're going to demonstrate part number 80101-1. This is a half inch bolt leader. Now this part is typically used to install carriage bolts and blocks inside the frame of the vehicle for attachment points for a hitch. We got our hardware here, a typical half inch carriage bolt and a block. We'll go ahead and put those together and then take a bolt leader, also known as a wire pull and put everything together. Now this is the access hole we're going to use, so we'll go ahead and actually take it apart, To thread our bolt through, typically you go head first and then slide the block in. Then we pull everything back through the same hole and that's called a reverse pull. Now the next technique that we show you will be the regular fish wiring a bolt.

Now this is really common. Basically what would happen is this would be our access hole and we'd run this through a hole further up in the frame. In this case, we're going to use these two right close to each other for demonstration purposes. What we'll do is actually take our bolt leader, go through the hole that we want to use, back through our access hole. Then we'll take a block, which typically used, we'll push it in the frame, I like to keep it typically separate, so it can move around independently of the bolt. Plus if there are any obstacles in the way inside the frame, it kind of helps work the wiring.

Then we'll go ahead and take our bolt and put it onto the bolt leader, flip it around again, push it in head first. In certain situations, you may have to work it around like that, just rattle it to get it to work through and then back through the hole you're going to use. There you have it for part number 80101-1.

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1/2" Bolt Leader - 80101-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (231 Customer Reviews)

1/2" Bolt Leader used to fishwire bolts through the frame of vehicles.


This was a must have on my particular installation. Made fishing bolts through car frame for trailer draw bar a breeze.


Would not have purchased but wasn't sure if any were included with hitch, not noted in description! Hard to see in pic!


It helped me installed the hitch in my vehicle.


Made the installation so much easier.
good price. Fadh shipping
Good customer service. Excellant product.


This part was lost out of the package. I notify eTrailer and I received one the next day. Excellent service!


I needed his leader to remove the bolts from my trailer hitch from a previous car and put in on my new car. So happy that it was available from eTrailer as I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't been able to find one.
It arrived promptly as indicated when I ordered.


These things are great!


Worked great but wish the lead wire was longer. I had to make an extension


This tool is ESSENTIAL to fish the bolts through the frame of my car. They made what could have been hours of labor into just minutes. Also, they are more durable than I thought they would be. I ordered two, and only needed one!


Made installing those carriage bolts a breeze.


well after looking in the box this item was not in the box look like it fell out of one of the handle hole. I will try to reach out to see if I can get these replenished

Sorry about that. Customer Service will reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/18/2021


Haven’t had time to install hitch yet but going by the video these should be of a tremendous help.


Worked perfectly as I was installing my trailer hitch, which is a simple task but ran into an issue. The bolt holes were pretty corroded on the right side so they needed the threads cleaned, with good ole WD 40 I continued to clean with a tap. After getting 2 done the center one weld nut break off inside the frame, as they have very small tack welds from factory holding them on. So I ordered up this bolt, plate, washer, leader, and a nut to fix the issue, it was simple and an easy fix to a problem at first I wasnt sure how I was going to fix. Fast shipping from and it was done ready to be used in a jiffy. Highly recommend

The parts are doing what they were intended to do and super happy with my purchases. If I am ever in need for future vehicles etc I wouldnt hesitate to buy from you again. Thanks again Ryan thumbs up
Ryan T - 01/16/2018


Worked exactly as needed for my 1997 Wrangler TJ hitch.


works great!!


Bolt Leader / Fishwire tool: What a great little product. Worked exactly like it was shown in the video. Blew me away. Nothing works like its shown on video...but this DID.

Only gripe is that the install video makes it seem like it is included with the standard hitch install hardware. It isn't. I delayed my install by a week because it's insane to try it without the fishwire. Worth the wait for me, but order it when you order your hitch.

Its crazy to see all these five-star ratings. I usually think they are bogus. But this hitch kit is the REAL DEAL. The installation kit and fishwire worked just like the video. My trailer is too heavy for lots of use but Im buying a lighter one and then it will get much more use. I am very satisfied.
Gary C - 04/21/2015


I did not follow the installations correctly and destroyed the bolt leaders that came with my front end hitch. Thank goodness etrailer had these in stock and shipped them promptly. These things are a life saver and work just great!


One of the BEST helpful products I have ever seen or used! The installation of the hitch would be next to impossible without this device as the size of the bolt and square washer just barely fits where it's supposed to go and if for some reason you need to remove the bolt you can push the bolt back out and start over again! Takes the frustration out of the installation....awesome tool!

Next to impossible to install those 2 bolts without this ingenious device!
Paul B - 06/05/2016


I needed to remove an e-trailer hitch and reinstall it, so I repurchased these devices that let one thread the hitch hold on bolts through the frame. Worked well again.

The wires used to install the trailer bolts are really only used once - whenyou install your trailer hitch. They worked fine.
Cliff W - 01/10/2018


Delivery was fast. Wanted to put hitch on
A different car(same model/year) and not used stressed bolts. Needed spacers and leaders so purchased the items needed from one location,in one box.

Parts worked perfect. Have had good experiences ordering parts and hitches from etrailer
FC - 01/16/2018


Installation was a nightmare. I bought the bolt leader after watching the video think that was a slick way to get the bolt through the frame. It did not look like the one in the video or the website. The spring material was so thin, it could not erect the bolt inside the frame to be pulled it through the backing plate and frame hole. Had to cut two holes in the trunk of the car to fish out the bolt and get it vertical to drop through the backing plate and frame hole . After that the rest of the installation ( one U-bolt) went well. From the outside, the hitch installation looks good. On the inside, I had to cut plates and seal them over the holes in the trunk to keep the exhaust gases out of the car.


works great

very well
Lee - 03/09/2022


Thank you etrailer, customer service and prices are great! Appreciate installation videos & tips. Hitch fit is spot on for my 2003 AWD Rendezvous. Did install in carport by myself without having to lower exhaust or spare tire. Part 80101-1 is a must to make job easier, and 41405 wiring harness is a simple plug in. Will be using primarily for a receiver mounted bike rack.


If you're installing a trailer hitch and don't have ones of these, you're doing yourself a disservice. This makes getting the bolts to go through the frame rails a breeze.

Just a tip, get 2 and it'll make your life even easier. Doing one at a time works, but if you had two I could've installed my hitch in under 10 mins.


I called etrailer to make sure I was getting the right hitch. It was sent out the same day and got it on day 2. The installation was a piece of cake. There installation videos are a big help. I knew just what to expect with no surprises.
I also ordered the 1/2" Bolt Leader used to fishwire bolts through the frame of vehicles. one nifty tool for only 95 cents. I would definitely buy from them again. Highly recommended.

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