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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Current - '98 Black Z28 with some goodies
Previous - '97 Gun Metal Blue TJ
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...
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