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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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Torx bolts

Ok, I know some folks will think I'm nuts, but we've recently taken about all the torx bolts off the YJ to do a proper paint job (under the hinges, etc.). Now, about 75% of the bolts came out nicely (if you consider PB, heat, and an impact gun nicely). But 25% got screwed up. Any ideas where I can buy some to replace the missing ones? I believe they are 5/16"x18 thread.

Also, when I replace them, should I use anti-seize or thread lock? I don't anticipating taking them apart soon, but I certainly want to keep rust and paint from working their way into the threads.

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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #2
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Fastenal (sp?) stores should have all the bolts you need. Consider getting regular bolt heads or allen heads for replacements. I use anti-sieze on every bolt I remove from mine, as long as it's not something that REQUIRES threadlock, I hate the stuff.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #3
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Great post, I'm in the process of doing the same thing.... I'm anticipating plenty of screwed up bolts.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:18 PM   #4
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i wouldn't but here you go Machine screws, Torx pan head thread cutting screw type F, Zinc plated steel (waxed)
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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:19 PM   #5
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Deffinetly use a different head i used the allen heads on mine.
The ****ty thing was i had to buy 100 of them it was cheaper them buying 1 at a time. And now i have a whole bunch as replacments
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Unread 07-26-2010, 09:25 PM   #6
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"And now i have a whole bunch as replacments"

Wanna sell some ???
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Unread 07-26-2010, 10:25 PM   #7
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i got all mine right off of 4wd.com
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Unread 07-26-2010, 10:47 PM   #8
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I would suggest using allen heads because the regular bolts (ie phillips head or flat blade...not sure proper name) dont allow enough leverage so you can tighten them, unless tightened with a drill which can be a pain to get out every time. With allen wrench heads, you have the leverage with the wrench and a heck of a lot easier than moving that drill around everytime. Torx heads suck and have had many broken! Dont replace with those IMO
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Unread 07-26-2010, 10:49 PM   #9
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yea the ones i bought came with allen heads
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Unread 07-27-2010, 06:38 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Firedad View Post
"And now i have a whole bunch as replacments"

Wanna sell some ???

Yea that would be cool

Im not sure how we could do this

How many do u need
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Unread 07-27-2010, 06:49 PM   #11
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In this application, I never re-use any fastner. Find a local fastner supplier, although I have never used Fastenal they should be able to help you out, as bulk fastners are not that expensive, replace all with new when you re-assemble. They should be able to supply you with the tool or bit to do so.
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Unread 07-27-2010, 09:00 PM   #12
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Yup they are 5/16x18x1" or 1-1/4". I just bought a box of 100 stainless for about 40 bux. We sell them at work. They are call flat socket cap. Or flat socket head. Fastenal should have them.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 12:20 AM   #13
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I had a body shop replaced the windshield frame on my YJ and they broke 4 of the bolts and could not replace them - needless to say how ticked off I was - I searched hardware, stores body shop suppliers, etc and finally found them on ebay.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 07:15 PM   #14
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I found them on 4wd.com for $1.25 for black and $1.50 for stainless (each). There's a Fastenal about 5 miles away, so I might give them a shout. I just hate the thought of using old, rusty bolts when I've gone this far to do a decent job. Thanks everyone for their ideas / help. I'll let you know what I find out from them.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 02:54 AM   #15
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quadratec sells complete bold replacement kits. for every bolt there could possibly be on your jeep. i was looking into getting a kit when i was contemplating a frame swap. they offer torx head and regular hex head. I dont know how much you're looking to spend, and this kit is probably WAY overkill, but a stainless torx replacement kit ran about $200. the hex head set was cheaper than that but i dont know how much off the top of my head. again - thats for everything on your jeep. so you'll get way more than you need...

never hurts to have backups.
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