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Unread 08-24-2007, 08:55 PM   #1
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Not a good day today. :(

I began the Bestop oversized tire carrier install. Everything was going good (besides having to find some T45 and 50 Torx bits... go to Pep Boys)

So I have my holes drilled, all the hard parts done... just gotta get two of the roll-bar Torx ****s out.. The first one takes a little bit of force, SNAP, then screws out... ok cool...

Second bolt, not so much... I put everything I've got into it, doesn't budge... get a pipe to go around the ratchet, I've got 2.5 feet of leverage, thing still won't budge, screw on the verge of stripping... blast WD-40 on it, try some more, screw strips..

Try to use some bolt extractores, none of them work because of the awckward position b/t the roll bar and lifted edge of body, can't fit the drill in very good..

So now that's stripped and I have empty holes in my tub.. Gonna try the dealership who sponsors my club and see what they can do, if they wanna charge $95, : anybody got any ideas?

BTW, can't drill through it because of the vital threads, I can't **** those up or I'm looking at a $200 re-thread bill... ggaahhh

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Unread 08-24-2007, 09:00 PM   #2
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So it was a devil day?
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Unread 08-24-2007, 09:30 PM   #3
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Do you have room to run a tap up from the bottom if you drill it out ? Right angle drill maybe? Posibly drill out and JB weld a nut to the bottom side ?

Just throwin out idea's.
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Unread 08-24-2007, 09:51 PM   #4
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for stuck fasteners heat or impact works best. Is there a way to weld a nut on top of the bolt and maybe hit it out with an impact wrench?
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Unread 08-24-2007, 10:07 PM   #5
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could have been worse...


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Unread 08-24-2007, 10:48 PM   #6
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i can't picture the bolts you're talking about, but Thunderstrike had a good idea about 4 entries down on this thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/help-stripped-torx-bolts-window-hinge-452771/
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Unread 08-25-2007, 03:29 AM   #7
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Maybe you can use Thunderstrike's idea about the dremel and then use an impact driver on that.

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Unread 08-25-2007, 07:58 AM   #8
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As a general rule in my wrenching mind, if it ever comes to a point where I'm "giving it all I've got" either tightening or loosening, I STOP. I think about it for a second, try another method, or completely change how I planned on doing things...

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Unread 08-25-2007, 08:31 AM   #9
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could have been worse...


I'm "guessing" he tried to drive without front axle shafts...
Sadly, been there, done that...
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Unread 08-25-2007, 08:42 AM   #10
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A similar thing happened to me on my Bestop carrier install. Those torx bolts suck ***. Like you, I got one out then the other stripped the torx slot.

What worked for me was to cut stright edges onto the head of the bolt with my dremel. Then I was able to put a big wrench on it to remove the bolt.

Good luck!
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Unread 08-25-2007, 08:43 AM   #11
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A similar thing happened to me on my Bestop carrier install. Those torx bolts suck ***. Like you, I got one out then the other stripped the torx slot.

What worked for me was to cut stright edges onto the head of the bolt with my dremel. Then I was able to put a big wrench on it to remove the bolt.

Good luck!
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Unread 08-25-2007, 06:37 PM   #12
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I'm "guessing" he tried to drive without front axle shafts...
Sadly, been there, done that...
I did the same thing, but it was only one side. Was an expencive lesson to learn.
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Unread 08-25-2007, 09:25 PM   #13
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you can access the nut from the bottom of the jeep, drill it out and then reach up under and put a grade 8 nut and bolt under the jeep i can get pics but it wont be till mon or tue once i unpack
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Unread 08-25-2007, 09:31 PM   #14
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I'm "guessing" he tried to drive without front axle shafts...
Sadly, been there, done that...

ding ding ding.. you win the grand prize
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Unread 08-25-2007, 09:36 PM   #15
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We ran into a similar problem on my friends YJ when we changed the tailgate hinges. I got a bunch of nuts with the center slightly smaller than the head of the screw. I welded the nut down onto the stripped screw by welding through the center of the nut and building the weld up to the top of the nut. The heat from the welding helped to loosen the bolt also. Good luck
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