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Unread 08-02-2010, 10:22 AM   #1
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Removing tailgate hinge bolts from tub

So I was all geared up to start the back corner of my Jeep Saturday. Got my filler, got my POR15 got my grinder and sander all ready to go. I start removing the tailgate hinges bolts. Take the four on the tailgate bolts out, no problem, then go to take the four on the body out. Not one of these sons of guns come out. The center of the every one of the hex bolts rounds out. So I break out the vice grips. Finally get the first one to start turning and it does just that ....turns and turns and turns without coming out. :


So my question are:

1. What do the bolts back there bolt into? Is it a separate piece? Some kind of plate or something?

2. Is it worth it to just cut that piece off and replace the whole corner? I'm not a body guy at all so I would have to have that done.

3. In the future can I replace these god forsaken hex head bolts with regular bolts? If so, does anyone know off the top of their head, what size they are?

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Unread 08-02-2010, 11:00 AM   #2
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Drill them out.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 11:35 AM   #3
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They are Torx not hex maybe that's why they stripped!! Lol!
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Unread 08-02-2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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Not these.....maybe the PO replaced with these POS, but they are not Torx heads. They use an allen wrench.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
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Yea just drill them out and get new nutserts to go back in there place. Simple.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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How bizarre that someone would trade one pita fastener for another!! That's sucks man!!
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Unread 08-02-2010, 01:26 PM   #7
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They also used these bolts on the windshield hinges and door hinges....grrrrrrr

I'd say 60% of them round out after removing 1-2 times.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 01:37 PM   #8
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Not to question you brother but are you sure they are hex heads? It seem really strange that where I have star(torx) you have hex(6 flat sides) I just don't see somebody going through and changing one for the other. I go through and change the torx for a regular bolt when I can but not hexes....
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Unread 08-02-2010, 02:11 PM   #9
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The PO had purchased all these brand new black/chrome hinges and they came with the jeep when I bought it. Well, apparently the PO tried to install all these new hinges and figured out that they actually sucked.....but decided to use the new bolts instead.

Me, being a never before jeep owner, had no idea that these were not the original bolts.



I'll take a pic of them later when I get home.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 02:31 PM   #10
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Oh crap well you got hosed a little then.......Yeah a GOOD Torx set will be invaluable in your future Jeep endeavors, these things are littered with them.... Good luck getting those out of there!!
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Also PB BLASTER will be your new friend also.
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