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Unread 07-15-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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How do I removed a bolt with a stripped torx head?

I was going to remove my rear gate hinges so I could paint them. But on the second bolt, I stripped out the Torx head. Any ideas how to remove it? Or am I best off to just leave the hinge attached to the Jeep and tape everything up and paint them in place?

I've heard a lot of cursing of torx bolts on the forum in the past so I figure someone must have figured out a way to remove them once the head is stripped. Let me know how. Thanks

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Unread 07-15-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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I was going to remove my rear gate hinges so I could paint them. But on the second bolt, I stripped out the Torx head. Any ideas how to remove it? Or am I best off to just leave the hinge attached to the Jeep and tape everything up and paint them in place?

I've heard a lot of cursing of torx bolts on the forum in the past so I figure someone must have figured out a way to remove them once the head is stripped. Let me know how. Thanks
I drilled the head off. But be careful!
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Unread 07-15-2008, 10:46 PM   #3
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If you were really lucky you could use a stripped bolt remover.
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Unread 07-15-2008, 10:52 PM   #4
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I drilled them and welded a bolt to them.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 05:39 AM   #5
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I would get a stripped bolt remover if you can get one large enough. or try an easyout. if all else fails weld a bolt to it.
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I welded a nut to mine, if you weld it inside the nut it protects the paint a little more. I have never been able to get a stripped torx out with an easyout, they all break off and I end up welding anyway.
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^^ Agreed - Don't bother with the Easy Outs - I drilled the ones that didn't come out and replaced them all with hex head bolts.
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As recommended above, just use a drill bit that is just slightly larger in diameter than the threaded part of the bolt is. When the bolt head comes off, you can remove the hinge which will leave enough of the stud protruding to remove it with vise grips. But if you have access to a welder or have a friend who welds, I'd probably weld a big bolt to it instead which makes removing it pretty easy.
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As recommended above, just use a drill bit that is just slightly larger in diameter than the threaded part of the bolt is. When the bolt head comes off, you can remove the hinge which will leave enough of the stud protruding to remove it with vise grips. But if you have access to a welder or have a friend who welds, I'd probably weld a big bolt to it instead which makes removing it pretty easy.
Thanks to all for their help.

Thank you Jerry for providing a little more detail on exactly what everyone else was explaining. I think I will try removing the other bolts. If just the one get stripped out I will drill it out and remove with a vise grips, but if the other strip out as well I will just paint the hinges in place. Thanks again.
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You can minimize the chances of stripping out more bolt heads if you're careful. Use a good sharp new torx head adapter, hold it firmly and squarely into the bolt head, and have a lot of leverage available which will allow better control which will minimize the chance of the torx slipping out of the bolt and stripping it. I always use a long breaker bar (like 18" to 24" long) instead of my half-inch ratchet wrench for this particular job which gives me the increased leverage and thus the increased control that is needed.
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You can minimize the chances of stripping out more bolt heads if you're careful. Use a good sharp new torx head adapter, hold it firmly and squarely into the bolt head, and have a lot of leverage available which will allow better control which will minimize the chance of the torx slipping out of the bolt and stripping it. I always use a long breaker bar (like 18" to 24" long) instead of my half-inch ratchet wrench for this particular job which gives me the increased leverage and thus the increased control that is needed.

Thanks Jerry. I think a twisted torx head is what messed up this bolt in the first place. I pushed pretty hard on the first one and once it was loose, I noticed my torx head was twisted. I don't know if it was before or not. I don't think so. I probably shouldn't have tried it on the 2nd one but I didn't think they would strip out that easy. I've never had trouble with torx before. But tonight before I try any more, I will run out to sears and see if they will replace my twisted head. I'm not sure how much the Craftsman warranty covers. Thanks again.
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I'm not sure how much the Craftsman warranty covers.
That twisted torx adapter should warrant a no questions asked replacement. Sears is pretty good about lifetime replacements on their non-electric Craftsman tool line.
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