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Unread 05-31-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Where to buy Torx screws?

I've had an issue with bolts stripping out on my 93 YJ. Where do they sell Torx screws? The home depot and lowes by my house don't have any.

Also, is there a trick to not stripping the screws? I've tried PB Blaster, torquing as slow as I can with my sockets, and the torx bit keeps stripping the hole.


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Unread 05-31-2012, 11:28 AM   #2
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Morris 4X4 and quadratec are sources. TLC is what I use and having had the Jeep in the desert for most of it's life doesn't hurt.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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It's not these, right? I'm looking for the screws that attach the rollbar to the windshield frame.
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/windshi...035757k-4.html
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Can't see ring up your link. But I think the rollbar to windshield and windshield hinge sizes are the same
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There's usually not a reason to specifically put back in torx bolts. They're so easy to strip that you're better off putting in something else.

I replaced those two specific bolts with just grade 8 hex-head bolts and washers from Lowes and they're working great and making it very easy to put up and down my windshield.

If you need something flush (usually more for aesthetics than function) you can use bolts that use an allen key instead.
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I bought hex head stainless taper head bolts from Fastenal.
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Hex head here too
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Do they have to be countersunk?

Also, how do I get out a stripped torx screw? 3 of the 4 came out just fine. I can't get the last screw out on the drivers side. I don't have a welder to weld a nut to it and I don't want to use a heat gun and ruin the paint. I could try and drill it out but would I mess up the hole where the bolt threads into?
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Can't see ring up your link. But I think the rollbar to windshield and windshield hinge sizes are the same
Didn't see this before to verify.

Yes. They are the same size. (Either that or I'm *very* lucky grabbing random bolts to put my windshield back up every time! )

To answer further questions:

Nope, they do not have to be countersunk. I just used a washer on mine and it works great.

And yes, drilling out *can* mess up the threads, but if you do it correctly, it's easy not to. You have to pick a drillbit that's larger than the diameter of the bolt shaft. Then drill off the head with it, which will let you pull down the windshield (now that, without a head, there is nothing stopping it pulling through the holes) and from there you can put a vice-grip on the bolt and unscrew it!

(Does that make sense?)
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Can you hammer a larger Torx head in there?

How about a hex head bit?

The bolt is toast, so hammer away to make the new bit fit. We've all done it before.

Just shoot the threads - not the head - as best you can with some PB.
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I got a whole box of 5/16 x 18 flat head allen bolts from here a year or two ago. Enough to replace everything for the windshield frame, door hinges and a few others.

http://www.nutsandbolts.com/
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You should be able to buy the torx bolts from Fastenal.

If you go with allan head or any other bolt you will find that they do not lay flush.

For all hinges stay with the torx.
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I get mine from McMaster-Carr
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Can you hammer a larger Torx head in there?

How about a hex head bit?

The bolt is toast, so hammer away to make the new bit fit. We've all done it before.

Just shoot the threads - not the head - as best you can with some PB.
Good idea. I haven't tried that yet.
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I get my hardware from Gardner-Westcott and McMaster-Carr. I never buy hardware from HD, Lowe's or Ace because it is crap.

Put some valve grinding paste on the tip of your Torx bit and it will not slip out or strip. Also, with Torx usually fast and hard is better than slow and easy. Try using a good impact wrench.

Finally, you should be using quality Torx bits and not HF low-bid junk.
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