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Unread 01-02-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
k-bar
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what to do?

Ok so I go to replace my Soft Top Windshield Retainers and this decided to happen. The screws were so rusted that they just broke off and one of them just stripped in the head of the screw...wth? So, I have no idea how to fix this. Ideas...or How To's?? Thanks!







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Unread 01-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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Ok so I go to replace my Soft Top Windshield Retainers and this decided to happen. The screws were so rusted that they just broke off and one of them just stripped in the head of the screw...wth? So, I have no idea how to fix this. Ideas...or How To's?? Thanks!
Here is how I would fix it.

Try vice grips to get the remaining screws out. If that doesnt work, cut them off with an angle grinder.

Then get a drill out drill out the screws. Replace with appropriately sized hardware for the holes you drilled.
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Unread 01-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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if any of them still retain the head and aren't stripped, you could try heating the head, wait to cool, then try it again. for the ones without a head, i would drill all the way through the bolt, starting with a small bit and increasing in size each time you drill through it. repeat this process until you have ONE size larger then the original bolt. you will have to thread the inside again, but that's not hard, just go out and buy the same size tap as the final drill bit you used. you'd obviously have to buy new bolts as well. this method is pretty time consuming but it's what i would do.
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