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.
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.
""Leave it stock, it will live longer. Just understand that its never gonna be as fast as a minivan""
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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
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.
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.
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.
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...