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post #1 of 4 Old 01-16-2010, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hardtop hinge bolts

I am trying to get the lift gate off of the hard top, but the bolts wont budge. Anyone try heating them up? I dont want to melt the top or bust off the bolts inside the top or in the hatch. Maybe Im looking for some advise on what not to do? I wanted to take it off to clean, paint, and straighten it up a bit.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-16-2010, 03:05 PM
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I have the same problem,the only easy,quick fix i see is to drill all the way thru and put long bolts with nuts.Maybe someone will chime in and help us both.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-16-2010, 03:34 PM
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Molded inside the top is a metal plate that holds both the upper torx bolts. Use heat (MAP if you have it) and apply right on the torx bolt for a few seconds, pull away, wait a few seconds and do it again...and again. If you bubble the paint, you held it to long.This cycles the heat down through the bolt. The paint may darken, but most of the time I don't damage the paint if it is seasoned. Keep the flame away from the top..just close on the bolt. Use a quality torx bit and after the last heat up, quickly tap it in to fully seat the bit. Push in straight and hard as you turn and 9 to of 10 times, the heat will free it. I have removed 1000s (over 19 years) of torx bolts and only had to drill about 11 of them total. Heat works most of the time.
As a side note..
The key to the lower windshield/upper door hinges is apply heat to the inside hex nuts and just hold the outer torx while you use a ratchet/socket on the inside nuts.

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Thanks, I was just wondering how the bolts were put inside the hardtop. I didnt want to put heat on it and melt through the top.
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