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1/2" Bolt Leader

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1/2" Bolt Leader used to fishwire bolts through the frame of vehicles. Lowest Prices for the best tools from Tow Ready. 1/2" Bolt Leader part number 80101-1 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Tow Ready Tools - 80101-1

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


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  • Overall Length: 20-1/2"


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5482 1/2" Bolt Leader




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Video of 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.


Customer Reviews

1/2" Bolt Leader - 80101-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (173 Customer Reviews)

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

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Worked as it said it would, could not have finished the project without it 803702



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Works perfectly for my honda hitch install. If you're on the fence get it. If you'renot on the fence get it It holds the bolt securely and there's no way it's coming off. 772814



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Great product, very well made and the folks at etrailer are very helpfull 744484



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Just as ordered fantasy service an deli very 716184



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Thanks for fast shipping 696508



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etrailer is the best every thing they sell is excellent and there service is great 692965



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Worked great. 676749



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Product worked like a charm 674839



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Great product and even better customer service! 659626



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Excellent product and worked will on my Ford Escape. 654628



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Thank you. Great service & fast delivery. AAAAA+++++ 638033



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Product worked as advertised. Customer service was excellent, very helpful. I will order again when that time cones. 611457



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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. 596816



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one came with hitch didn't need it now I have back up 586576



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Very handy tool to install a screw in the chassis to mount a bumper hitch. 578794



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Just what was needed to get the bolts in through the openings in the fram of the vehicle. A real great tool. Could not of got the job done without it. 567267



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This item made installing missing fasteners on my hitch a breeze. 567072



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Needed some parts to install my hitch and couldnt find any locally without buying the whole hitch. Ill do business again for sure 555085



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Worked fine. 546985



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Lifesaver! 546111



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great little tool 542730



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A must have for installation! Thanks 538752



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Handiest littlenitem for my hitch insta llation! 528462



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Awesome product. Would have been very difficult to impossible to install the hitch without this took. 525198



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Where did you guys come up with this ? It's the crazyist little gadget iv'e ever seen! 525040


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    There are a couple things you can do to remove your current weld nut. One is using a drill bit to expand the hole slightly. Because of your limited access, I would use a bolt leader like # 80101-1 to fishwire bolts through the frame of your vehicle. Since you have broken weld nuts, you will have to use different hardware to complete installation. With that said, you will need spacer blocks # RP3022, 1/2 inch carriage bolts, Conical tooth washers # 01292-008 (tooth side facing towards...
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    For your 2011 Chrysler 200 you will need a 1/2 inch bolt leader # 80101-1. If you have never used one before I have linked a video demonstrating how it works.
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  • How to Install Trailer Hitch on Vehicle that is Missing Weld Nuts in Trailer Frame
    What you can do is use a bolt leader like # 80101-1 with a carriage bolt block through an open portion of your frame to basically act as a weld nut so you can install the hitch. This normally is a solution we use when a vehicle has a broken weld nut and we have to come up with a way to install the hitch. We made a video on how to do this which I have attached to this page. Best option will be to source a carriage bolt (it will have square shoulders under the head of the bolt) the correct...
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  • Availability of 1/2 inch Bolt Leader for Installing Torklift Tie Downs
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  • Solution for Broken Weldnut During Hitch Install
    Broken weldnuts can be rather annoying when trying to install a hitch. It's a fairly common problem that we see and because of that we made an FAQ video on how to address this problem. Check out the video I attached to see it. You will need a bolt leader like part # 80101-1 as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Towing Accessories for 1999 Buick Park Avenue
    If you click the provided link, you can see the installation instructions for the Hidden Hitch Class II hitch for your 1999 Buick Park Avenue. Per the instructions, you'll need to drill two 1/2 inch sized holes to install the hitch. The kit includes all necessary installation hardware, but a 1/2 inch bolt leader # 80101-1 would make pulling the installation hardware through the frame easier. The trailer wiring harness with 4-pole trailer connector is sold separately as part # 119147KIT. The...
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch 11364 Fit a 2014 Fiat 500L
    Curt trailer hitch # C11364 was specifically designed to fit the 2014 Fiat 500L. The review suggests that there is no fishwire included. One of our other experts checked this and found no fishwire was included so # 80101-1 would be needed as well. The ease of installation is relative to the vehicle the hitch is being installed on and not the hitch so much. Installation of a hitch on this vehicle is not difficult, just time consuming. Regarding a lack of holes in the bumper the reviewer...
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  • How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Honda Pilot with 2 Broken Weldnuts in the Frame
    When using replacement hardware kit # RHK you would get the same hardware that originally came with the kit (some specialty pieces may not be included). Since you have broken weldnuts the only thing you can do is use a block and carriage bolt, drop them down through the frame using the fishwire technique and then use a nut to secure the hitch to that bolt. This is assuming you do not want to go through the trouble or expense of having new weldnuts professionally installed in the frame....
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  • What Size Bolt Leader is Used to Install Draw-Tite Trailer hitch 76028 on a 2015 GMC Terrain
    The pull wire needed to install Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 76028 is included with the hitch. There are 4 of them included and they are 1/2"-13. For a single one it is # 80101-1. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation of this hitch for you.
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  • Available Sizes of Bolt Leader or Hardware Fish Wire for Hitch Installation
    Yes, we can help you with a bolt leader or fish wire as they are sometimes called. These are made in different sizes to fit specific bolt diameters, as below: # 80103-1 is for 7/16-inch bolts # 80101-1 is for 1/2-inch # C58390 is for 3/8-inch # C58430 is for 1/2-inch
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  • Installing Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Honda Odyssey with Broken Weldnut
    Yes, it sounds like you broke something. Specifically one of the weldnuts that are on the inside of your 2019 Honda Odyssey's frame for the trailer hitch's bolts to thread into. It's annoying but not really a huge problem. Although it'll probably cost you a trip to the hardware store. You need a Grade 8 carriage bolt and a washer, nut, and spacer block that fit it. You also need a bolt leader, part # 80101-1. You're first going to need to get the bolt out by breaking off the head....
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  • Replacement Spacer Blocks and Bolt Leaders for a Draw-Tite Hitch on a 2010 Subaru Forester
    Replacement spacer block # RP3022 is the exact block used in many different trailer hitch installations. Its grade isn't ever specified but hitch hardware is always at least grade 5 and in some cases there is a grade 8 used. It is not stainless steel. The RP3022 is just the block with no other parts included. It looks like there are 2 bolt sizes used to install the Draw-Tite hitches on the 2010 Subaru Forester, # 80103-1 for 7/16 inch bolts and # 80101-1 for 1/2 inch bolts. You would...
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  • Does Gas Tank have to be Removed to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1996 Ford Bronco
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  • Curt Trailer Hitch Installation For 2014 Fiat 500L
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and he told me that they have not received any complaints about fit on the 2014 Fiat 500L with the C11364 hitch. I went to the warehouse and opened the hardware package that is included with the trailer hitch. There is no fishwire included in the kit so you can order part # 80101-1. I have included a video showing how you fish wire bolts for an installation. At about the 50 second mark of the video our installer shows how to fish the wire through. This is...
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    The springs with long tails that came with your Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, item # 24579, are referred to as fishwires or bolt leaders. These are used to install bolts and washers inside of the trailer frame. The way they work is that you attach the bolt, and washer if needed, to the spring looking portion of the fishwire by threading the bolt into the spring and then using the tag end you fish the wire route the wire through an access hole large enough for the bolt and washer to...
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  • Does Gas Tank of 1996 Ford Bronco Have to Drop to Install Trailer Hitch
    We don't have any fit notes for having to drop the fuel tank of your 1996 Ford Bronco to install a Class III hitch like the # 75038. I did some googling and found that one guy had to fishwire his hardware through the frame to get around the fuel tank but that's really not that difficult. For a bolt leader to do this you would need the part # 80101-1. I attached a help video on fishwiring for you to check out as well.
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  • Replacement Installation Hardware and Trailer Wiring for the 2005 Chevrolet Venture Hitch 75278
    A replacement hardware kit can be ordered using the item # RHK and then inputting the hitch item # 75278 and the hitch manufacturer Draw-Tite in the boxes on the # RHK item page. The hardware kit does not included the # 80101-1 bolt leader which is sold separately. I have included a typical installation instructions link for you to review and an installation video. The correct trailer wiring harness for the 2005 Chevrolet Venture is item # 118355. I have included an instructions...
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  • How is a Bolt Attached to the Fishwire?
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  • Replacement Bolt Leader to Fishwire Bolts for Trailer Hitch Installation on a 2010 Jeep Patriot
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