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You probably bought coarse thread bolts instead of fine or vice versa. I drove cross country with two surfboards on my roof from Florida to California with stainless stell button head bolts I bought at Ace Hardware. One thing you will need are rubber washer and a standard washer. The rack goes on the car, then the rubber washer, then standar washer, then put the bolt on. My friend has transported his bikes, surfboards, etc all over the place with the same setup.

No need to use tamper resistant bolts. Sure someone can steal the racks off your roof but you can go to habor freight or sears and pick up a set of "security" sockets and steal your racks just as easlily.

BTW- when i bought mine I had to go back twice because the bolts i initially bought were in the wrong bin. Id be willing to bet thats what happend in your case
 
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