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Unread 08-09-2010, 02:01 AM   #1
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Hey...does anyone know a good way to loosen the bolts for the roll cage? mine are pretty rusted and i wanna take my cage off, fix some rust holes and then put bed liner over everything

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Unread 08-09-2010, 07:36 AM   #2
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Weld a nut on top of the Torx and hopefully spin them out with a socket.

Most likely you will strip the Torx. They almost always do.

The heat from welding the nut on also helps in removing them if you do it before the bolts cool down.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 10:36 AM   #3
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These bolt heads are fat enough to allow a good set of vise grips to get a good bight on them as well. Worked for me.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 10:45 AM   #4
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Heat, pb blaster and patience are your friend. An impact tool of the air type or hammer type may help as well but use short bursts to try rattling them loose rather then twisting the head off or spinning the tool.

I think most of them are torx size T45. I found a cheap set of bits at autozone that included a size T47 and I was able to pound that in and get mine out without stripping. The good news is that if you have to drill they are not too hard to get at from the bottom.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 10:59 AM   #5
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Don't be surprised that when (and if) you start spinning them that some pieces of your body panels don't come along with them.

They are notorious for rusting through behind the lower legs.
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I used my impact.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 11:46 AM   #7
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i grinded mine off (:
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eletric impact works AWSOME... took everyone of mine out so far.
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These bolt heads are fat enough to allow a good set of vise grips to get a good bight on them as well. Worked for me.
I did this after snapping my T45 bit and it worked. I'm sure it didn't help that the bolt was covered in Herculiner.
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All you need is heat and a good impact. I just took my roll bar out of my '93 last week. At first I tried to just use my impact, but none of them would budge. I then used a torch to heat the bolts from the backside (everyone is easily accessible), and then hit them with the impact again...they all zipped right out with out any trouble. The heat is by far the secret IMO. I think there is some factory thread locker on the threads and the heat loosens it. Also the impact is important because you can put a lot of downward pressure on the torx so it wont strip out. Often they strip simply because people use a ratchet and don't use enough downward force. One last tip is to make sure there is no factory "caulk/sealant" on the threads. On my Jeep they went crazy with the sealer and it was on the threads of a few bolts, so I used a wire wheel on my dremel to clean it off before I removed them. Good luck!
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If you don't have access to an impact or welder (like me) - use a dremel to cut part of the head off on opposite sides. This gives you two flat surfaces. Then heat with a torch, then put your vice grips on and presto - it will break loose. Had to do this on six of my roll bar bolts yesterday. Worked every time.
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