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post #1 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Removing windshield

I have begun the prep process for painting. I wanted to remove the windshield from the jeep to sandblast and paint separately. When I tried to remove the bolts with the star bit, most of them stripped out. Is there an easier way to do this? Will I have to drill them out now? Thanks for the advice.

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 10:59 AM
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once they're stripped (too easy to do) you've only got a few options

1- weld a nut to the head so you can use a standard socket on it (probably best method to try if you have access to a welder)
2- with a cutoff wheel, cut a slot in the head so you can try and use a flat screwdriver (but if it's that stuck, that slot will probably strip out too... then back to #1)
3- drill it out as large as you can and use an ez-out

good luck

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 11:15 AM
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I drilled the head off the bolt and once I removed the spreader bar could grab what was left with Vise Grips.

If it's not supposed to move and does use duct tape.
If it's supposed to move and doesn't use WD40
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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I have already done some primering around it so I hate to weld. But I may have to. That sounds like the most dependable solution. I will definitely go with some stainless bolts when I put it back together.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 12:01 PM
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I did the same thing as bogleparsons , if put stainless make sure you use anti seize on them before putting the bolts back in
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 12:07 PM
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Impact hammer for the bolts, has worked for me. If i don't use it they just strip.. or at least that's the way it is with the windshield frame.

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post #7 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 12:10 PM
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Wait....which bolts on the windshield?

Are you removing the entire hinge, or just unbolting the top bolts? If you're taking off the bottom half of the hinge, just drill the rubber-ducker out. There are nuts on the other side that just spin. If you do a search for "YJ mirror relocation bracket install" you'll see what I'm referring to. You pretty much have to take the dash off to get to them.

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post #8 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I wanted to completely remove the hinges from the frame. Was going to sandblast them and repaint to remove rust.
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-06-2013, 12:32 PM
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Yup, just drill them out, then.

Not worth struggling with the old ones. In the process of drilling them out, it should pop off the nut on the other side if it's not already broken loose.

When you reinstall, you just add a regular nut to the backside. (You can put a wrench on when you tighten or just tack weld/adhesive it to prevent needing to take off the dash next time you want to pull that bolt.)

EDIT: I'm only referring to the bottom section of hinge. I don't know about the backside of the upper bolts. Someone more knowledgeable will have to pipe in about that.

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-30-2013, 10:54 AM
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I dremmeled the heads off, and hit it with hammer and screw driver. This was a PITA
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post #11 of 11 Old 05-30-2013, 11:31 AM
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I try with an impact gun first. If the bit slips one time, I drill. No need wasting hours on these old bolts, just drill them out and move on.

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