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Unread 04-04-2008, 06:30 AM   #1
Field88
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Help!: Stubborn Torx Bolt in ORF Cage

I figured you guys in the Fab section have run into this problem a lot...

"Off Road Fabrication" has a 'nice' bolt-on sport cage for the cab, sure, but in the process of installing it I ended up breaking a torx bolt...sort of...on the windshield mount where the stock bars join the central roll cage with the 2 torx bolts that bolt into the winshield.

The head is not stripped, and it swivels around loosely, but it cannot, I mean CANNOT seem to be wrenched out of the hole. When I reverse it out of the hole, the thread seems to catch on something, get stuck, and then go loose again. I probably overtightened it by accident, causing some sort of damage. I tried to pry on it upwards with a flathead screwdriver while reversing it, but that failed. Should I drill it out? I mean, should I hold a vice clamp on it and drill it out? Will that work? Are they hardened steel bolts? Or is there something I don't know?

It's my DD and it's really getting my PO'd.

Thanks.

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Unread 04-04-2008, 01:02 PM   #2
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Almost all bolts are either case hardened or made from Stainless, which is by nature fairly hard. You don't want to drill it if you don't have to, it will be a major PITA, and you will still have a bolt left in the hole, it will just now have no head and a hole drilled through it's center.

Try to take it out as far as you can with a screwdriver wedging it upwards, then get a pair of vise grips on the head and turn it out while you pull/pry.

You might be able to angle it sideways a little and get the bolt threads to bite into whatever metal is left in the hole as well.

Just keep working at it, if it is just in the sheet metal you may be able to pull it hard enough that the threads that are left in the hole just let go too.
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