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post #16 of 43 Old 08-24-2007, 08:09 PM
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torx metric vs SAE(american)

not that it matters for you at this point,but when i got my TJ new in 2003, first thing i did, weekend at a time ,was replace most of my screws and bolts w/ stainless steel sae hex heads and put never seize on each one as i did it. it has made life sooooo easy as i've done mods over the years. forgot to metiom,i also had to re-tap everything SAE also.possibly some good advice for others.


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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.

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Using heat ( torch) works good, but'll probably screw up your paint. But you'll be covering that with your cage mount anyway.

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Another way to avoid the stripped torx is to use a hammer impact. It is a devise that the torx bits goes on, or a socket and you hit it with a hammer. It has a twisted shaft and transfers the downward force into twisting toque so the torx bit stays aligned and is forced down as it turns.
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Another way to avoid the stripped torx is to use a hammer impact. It is a devise that the torx bits goes on, or a socket and you hit it with a hammer. It has a twisted shaft and transfers the downward force into twisting toque so the torx bit stays aligned and is forced down as it turns.
Do you have a link to one of these tools? It sounds very interesting.
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Do you have a link to one of these tools? It sounds very interesting.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37530

there are better ones.

i suggest holding these with a set of channel locks or vise grips if you're really pounding on em.

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x2 on the impact hammer tool.trick is you gotta get it on the first whack to avoid stripping.

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post #23 of 43 Old 08-25-2007, 07:55 AM
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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37530

there are better ones.

i suggest holding these with a set of channel locks or vise grips if you're really pounding on em.
Thanks! I'm gonna get one. Now to find a "quality" one.
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im sorry i think your going to have to get a new jeep...
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I thought it was just me! Had a couple hours to burn and thought "Hey, I'll put the new mirrors on the windshield frames so I can take off the doors during the summer!

Well, one of the torx bolts took an hour to get off! The nut inside the windshiled post broke free after getting half way out! I had grind the head off and pop it thru.

What a major pain in the butt! I never could get the others out. It frustrated me so bad I had to buy another Jeep!
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haha sometimes thats just what it has to come down to.
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Well I am breaking down and taking it to the shop. What a bunch of crap. I have mangled the bolts so bad that there is not much to work with anymore. This has to be one of the most frustrating things I have ever come across in all my years of amature automotive work...
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Will welding around my paint mess it up?

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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
Im in the same situation. I want to put my mirror movers on and take the doors off. but the stupid torx bolts are stuck in there and almost stripped! Will welding a nut on there mess up the paint around it? Is welding the way to go?
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Im in the same situation. I want to put my mirror movers on and take the doors off. but the stupid torx bolts are stuck in there and almost stripped! Will welding a nut on there mess up the paint around it? Is welding the way to go?
Drill some of the bolt out using a drill bit to weaken the bolt (probably a 3/16 on that size), then use a dremel to cut a slot in the head of it, and you can use a flat head to back it out. I've done this a bunch. In fact, I did this just the other day on two of the tail gate bolts.

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Drill some of the bolt out using a drill bit to weaken the bolt (probably a 3/16 on that size), then use a dremel to cut a slot in the head of it, and you can use a flat head to back it out. I've done this a bunch. In fact, I did this just the other day on two of the tail gate bolts.
I dont have any experience with that method, nor do I own a dremal. I would like to try the welding the nut on method, but am worried about messing up the paint on the jeep. I know that during the summer with the mirror mover brackets in place it, will cover up any marks left on from welding aroud the area, but I am concerend about wither when the mirrors are back in there original place. Does anyone know if the weld will damage the paint around the bolts?
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