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post #31 of 43 Old 05-08-2008, 03:09 PM
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Welding it you have a risk of burning the paint or scratching it. That particular bolt can be drilled out and re-tapped then just use a Hex head SS Bolt.


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post #32 of 43 Old 05-08-2008, 03:40 PM
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Same thing here, installing kongo kage. Driver's side no problem. Passenger side, I stripped them all. Broke two extractors and nearly had to be commited to the mental hospital.

Still under warranty, had the bright idea to take it to the dealreship. The body shop guys used an air chisel. Funny to see all the guys in the shop standing there looking perplexed. They gave me some line about the bolts really not meant to be removed and sent me on my way with some touch-up paint for the damage I did.

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post #33 of 43 Old 05-08-2008, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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They gave me some line about the bolts really not meant to be removed and sent me on my way with some touch-up paint for the damage I did.
If they werent meant to be removed, I think they should not use bolts. They should just weld the hinges on.

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post #34 of 43 Old 05-10-2011, 07:05 AM
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Stripped mine last night and had to resort to a screw extractor. Problem is the screw extractor snapped under hand pressure, so now I am screwed. Literally.

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so I use my original nuts?
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post #35 of 43 Old 05-10-2011, 07:14 AM
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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?
Do it, weld a nut on it. Here is my thread about removing all tailgate hinge bolts in less than an hour. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/wa...ff-1h-1207469/
The paint on the hinge right next to the bolt will get damaged though. In my case I wanted to sandblast the hinges and paint them black anyway. I have tried removing these bolts in every way described on this forum. This is my way and I will do it again next time. Good luck!

Sorry guys, this was an old thread.... .
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post #36 of 43 Old 05-10-2011, 09:05 AM
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well i will say I had this same problem... been preoccupied making other modifications so havent come back to it yet... but I will say this... I only had this problem of the torx heads stripping on bolts that I did not remove the paint sealing the bolt to the winshield hinge. All the other bolts I made sure to carefully scrape the paint out of the gap before turning the bolt and the rest all came out no problem.
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post #37 of 43 Old 05-10-2011, 09:10 AM
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Gahhhhh!!!! I have this same problem! Is there a better kind of bolt that I can replace these stripped ones with when I finally get them out?
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post #38 of 43 Old 05-10-2011, 09:22 AM
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Anyone reading this post in the future I hope this helps. I read many posts over this issue and how to get the Torx Bolts out without any damage to the bolt or Bit. Soooooo, I took what seemed to be the best of the best posts and proceeded as follows. First I placed my LJ in the direct sunlight to heat up the bolts. As I recall it was exposed for about four hours in the 90ish degree heat. Then I took my Torx Bit and adapted it to an 18" Breaker bar. I placed the Torx bit square and firmly into the Bolt. Then as I sweat my thoughts of the Bolt or Bit stripping out, I applied firm but steady pressure on the Breaker Bar. All the Torx Bolts were removed effortlessly. This is all thanks to all the Posts I have read concerning this subject. Most probably will not work in a colder climate unless external heat is applied? Maybe a Sun Lamp? Anyways, I did have a back up plan if had stripped out a Torx.
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post #39 of 43 Old 05-10-2011, 10:39 AM
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Drill a hole and hammer an ez-out in then attach it to the drill and back the stripper stupid torx out. Might have to put alot of pressure on it.
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Drill a hole and hammer an ez-out in then attach it to the drill and back the stripper stupid torx out. Might have to put alot of pressure on it.
Good idea, except my screw extractor broke off in the hole. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the two step screw extractor in the size I needed.

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I've seen a number people use the wrong size torx bit as well. The right size some times doesn't fit in there as the paint is in the way. Another good fix is to use reverse drill bits.

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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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