Well, you're probably going to damage the paint no matter what you do. If anything, you can get some of that backing material they put behind rocker panels...that would be decent protection, and it wouldn't let water pool in between the two pieces of metal and rust both of them - which is what tape would allow.
Use neither anti-seize nor threadlocker. Get a torque specification on the original hardware and duplicate it. Or, just snug them down and check them again several times in the next few weeks.
If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing.
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yeah mine were a real pain in the ***. I ended up scratching some of the paint, stripping two of them. Had to drill them out and use an ez out. Not a great experience, although it was worth it in the end of course lol
Gotcha, never thought about the moisture issue. I'm going to do it when I have a decent amount of time to spare just in case I need to drill them out as well...
Thanks for the info.
definitly don't do it in a rush, and take your time. Since they painted over the torx, sometimes it seems like the actual size is a little too big. If it seems like the size that fits has a little too much wiggle room, take the next size up, and gently tap it in with a hammer.
I just bought mirror brackets so I can take my doors off and drive legal.
Not legal in PA to run without doors unless one drives a CJ, as doors were an option when purchasing the Jeep. With that said, most cops wont bust your balls over it though. This is no joke, my friend got pulled over last week 2 times! Once in Bloomsburg and once in Danville.
^^^Yeah, we were just talking about this at kNOwwheretojeep's show in York, PA this past Saturday. . . seems that a couple of guys have tried to challenge it, but to no avail.
It's really easy to get them out . . . took a few minutes on my TJ and on my LJ. The damned JK was more of a PITA, but that's typical. Should only take you about fifteen minutes to do both sides. I want to say that it's a number 27 Torx. I used some double-sided tape that has a thin layer of foam in it, helps prevent damage to the paint. I had my TJ set up like that for about four years with no problems at all, and I just used it again on my LJ to mount the CJ-style mirrors.
2 XJs, a ZJ, a TJ, a JK . . . Now in an LJ!
I have been lucky I guess as I run without doors ALL of the time in the summer...even in my dress clothes and my 50 mile round-trip commute. Now I'm a little nervous as it appears the local cops have nothing better/more important to do than pull people over for things like this...what a joke.