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post #1 of 43 Old 08-21-2007, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! Stripped torx bolts on window hinge

I am trying to install my new Kargomaster congo cage...

You have to mount the front part to the upper window hinge which requires you to remove the torx bolts.

I got a few of them to snap loose, but about half have stripped completely! Its amazing, even without much pressure they were like frickin butter. Crap.

Anyway, now I have drilled into one in order to use a screw extractor, which has not worked so far. I have only successfully drilled a hole in the screw and then stripped it out with the extractor bit.

Anyone else ever have trouble with these bolts, and if so, how did you get them out?!

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post #2 of 43 Old 08-21-2007, 06:57 PM
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I have, and I used Craftsmans screw extractor. I ended up drilling them out carefully and using their product. Your pain is felt.
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post #3 of 43 Old 08-21-2007, 07:02 PM
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I did the same thing. All I did was drill the bolts out with a 1/4 in drill bit a little deeper than the torx bit was. Then I took a hammer and pounded in one of those 1/4in alan type screw driver attachments in to the hole. Put a 1/4in socket on it and twisted it out. This has worked for me 3-4 times on mine and my buddies rigs. Every time I have ever tried to remove one of those torx bolts they have striped.
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When my diff bolts supplied by Warn got stripped I tried a bolt extractor unsucessfully. So, I bought a small circle shaped drill bits from Harbor Freight and cut a vertical line in the middle of the head. Then I used large chisel or flat head to hammer turn the bolt loose. Good luck.




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Well I feel a little better now... at least I got a few of them out. I'm gonna try the 1/4 inch allen thing method...

I will let you know how it turns out.

I think it would be a laugh to hear all the F'd up ways that people have dealt with this problem.
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post #6 of 43 Old 08-21-2007, 08:10 PM
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Weld a nut onto the head works everytime.

I drilled mine out and tapped them larger and simply replaced them with the larger hex bolts
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I also used the circular disk cut and flathead method with success.
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post #8 of 43 Old 08-22-2007, 07:41 AM
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stripped 3/4 of mine as well. I let out many expletives, then spit on it and left. Eventually I came back, pb blastered it, drilled it and extracted using ez out.
torx = hatehatehatehatehate
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post #9 of 43 Old 08-22-2007, 07:59 AM
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I ordered this thing. seems pretty practical.
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I have had to resort to the "weld a nut on method" as well. The only problem is I can't weld, so I had to take it to a shop to get it done. Before I did, I tried everything else noted above and none of them worked.

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I did something like this a while back for my corolla. I poked a hole into the ducting and ran a hose to stick into my shorts. It didnt work thew best cause I never plugged up the vents, but it did help.
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I have had to resort to the "weld a nut on method" as well. The only problem is I can't weld, so I had to take it to a shop to get it done. Before I did, I tried everything else noted above and none of them worked.
How much did you have to pay the shop to do it? I went to one today and the guy said something like $75!

This is so f*cked! I have two left to get out, the one on the front side of the hinges on each side.

I have successfully broken off two bits, one in each, so now i have a hard piece of steel stuck in my drilled out bolts, neither of which wants to move.

I bought the grabit thing mentioned above. Didnt work. I drilled it in and my power drill torqued out. So i took off the drill and tried turning the grabit bit with a socket wrench. IT BROKE OFF THE HEAD OF THE GRABIT BIT.

Talk about frustration. I am at a loss at what to do. These bolts show no sign of wanting to turn at all.

Further more, one of the bolts that was stuck, I drilled into and it broke off the head, but it also broke off whatever the two torx bolts screw into on the inside of the hinge. Whatever that is is just rattling around in there now.

WTF JEEP!
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I have took a torx bit and put it in the screw then hammered on the bit a little bit , tried to tighten first then loosened up alittle ,make sure that the screw hole where the bit goes in is cleaned out good , if it ever moves a little bit just keep working it back and forth, (tighten and loosen) I haven't stripped one out yet, I have been replacing all of mine with ss allen head and a little bit of swak on the threads , GOOD LUCK and have a lot of patience with these
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yeah i notched mine with a small wheel on my dremel

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I guess I will try that method. This is ridiculous.
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post #15 of 43 Old 08-24-2007, 07:51 PM
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Impatience is the only thing that strips a Torx on a Jeep. Slow down, use PBB on EVERY ONE, let it soak a bit, put enough clockwise torque on it to unseaat the Torx, then loosen. Works like a charm every time and I have had countless Torx on/off my Jeep.

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