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Unread Yesterday, 07:33 PM   #1
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Stuck roll bar and windshield screws, help!

Taking a step back from talking about VIN numbers, I was trying to remove the Torx screws for both my roll bar and hinges to doors/windshield. I had some success with a few of the windshield screws but then I had a couple that were stuck. I pb blasted them, I torched them, and then I stripped them... Along with stripping the front, I had no budge in the roll bar screws.

Could anyone offer advice in removing these screws a little easier? I've read to grind a line in the screws and use a flat screwdriver. That would work with the roll bar screws possibly but not with the hinge screws since they sit flush with the hinge. What options do I have here?

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Penetrating oil BEFORE beginning to break loose, in some cases, 20 years of rain, dissimilar metals, and the elements. If you keep ahead without penetrating oil (WD-40 does not count) and the tor screw goes, click and then the whole assembly turns but never gets any 'looser' then you will get to learn how to remove your dash to get behind the tor screw and hold the nut. I used PB Blaster for a week after snapping one of the screws and as it was still a chore, all but the first Torx came out without having to open up the cabin for rear access. Good Luck
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Impact driver. The kind you hit with a hammer, not the cordless thing bundled with the 24v drill you got for Christmas three years ago.
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Yep. Mandatory equipment. I got a used snap on one on eBay for 35 bucks with bits.
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are you saying the torx head is now stripped out and for advice? if so, I would suggest grinding off the heads for all the bolts that are stripped or difficult... then prying the hinges off/away from the frame, and you should have a stub of a screw/bolt still sticking out above the face of the frame...

then kinda start all over.. start by spraying the crap out of them with pb blaster or a good penetrating/release oil/product....

you can try grabbing the shank with vise grips, or carving a slot in them and turning them with a screw driver, or chisel, or heating the crap out of them, (red hot or close)..

or you can weld on a bolt to the exposed shank and then wrench them out... or easy out...

all kinds of options once you have stripped them out... but take this chance to try other processes on the remaining bolts... more heat, more oils, etc,, and see how many you can get out.

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I've had some success with an impact drivers. For the ones that are really stuck and stripped, I've welded a nut onto it. The heat from the weld seems to really help and the nut makes it easy to turn with a socket.
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Old school extraction. Took 2-3 minutes each one, I hate the torque screws on these jeeps.

I drilled the head off, then took a smaller bit and drilled into the center of the screw then inserted extractor.

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I much prefer the impact driver to this method



But I didn't listen to those who suggested it and ended up with that^^^
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