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post #1 of 32 Old 04-04-2008, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Stripped torx bolt

Is there anyway to get a stripped torx bolt out of the side of my 04 tj? I've heard drilling but i'm not sure how and how would i rethread the hole for a new bolt?

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post #2 of 32 Old 04-04-2008, 04:17 PM
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Use a dremel and cut a slot in it so you can get a regular screw driver on it. Or go to the hardware store and buy a screw extractor. Ill see if I can find a link.

Something like this: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...id=00952154000

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post #3 of 32 Old 04-04-2008, 04:19 PM
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if the extractor doesnt work and you drill it out you'd buy a tap n die set to cut new threads into the nut...

where exactly on the side is the torx screw? is it part of the windshield hinge?
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post #4 of 32 Old 04-04-2008, 04:30 PM
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Same thing happened to me when I was putting on new door hinges. I tried all the techniques mentioned above but the bolt was so stuck in there it wouldn't budge. So I took it to a local body shop and they took it out for like 12 bucks.

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yea its on the side not sure if it is part of the windshield but im trying to put on mirror relocators, i'll try the dremel first though, thanks for the help
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post #6 of 32 Old 04-04-2008, 06:29 PM
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The torx bolts in the windshield have RED locktite on them.
You need to heat them with a torch which softens the red locktite.
The bolts will then come out very easily.

I just went thru this last weekend.
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post #7 of 32 Old 04-04-2008, 06:34 PM
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The torx bolts in the windshield have RED locktite on them.
You need to heat them with a torch which softens the red locktite.
The bolts will then come out very easily.

I just went thru this last weekend.
Not need to torch anything. The trick with torx (red loctite or not) is to make sure you keep your bit perfectly square to the bolt head. If you have an impact gun, they will come out nice and clean every time.
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post #8 of 32 Old 04-04-2008, 06:40 PM
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I would weld a nut to the head of it before i drilled it out. I welded a nut to all mine and got them out easy

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post #9 of 32 Old 04-05-2008, 07:13 AM
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I would weld a nut to the head of it before i drilled it out. I welded a nut to all mine and got them out easy

X2 I have this problem every time i touch the jeep, So now i buy new bolts to replace the junk torx head bolts. As said above, Weld a nut to it, And be done, Not work putting effort into somthing that can be taken out in less than a minute when you weld a nut to it.

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post #10 of 32 Old 04-05-2008, 07:18 AM
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i had recently changed my tailgate hinges and stripped my torx bolts. I managed to drill the heads out with the same size bit as the head. Once i drilled the head out the leftover stud threaded right out. This may not work in all situations but it worked for me.
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Now that it is stripped out....the proper size one of these will do the trick.

http://www.mytoolstore.com/hanson/hanson.html
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I have welded a nut to the head and removed it that way

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post #13 of 32 Old 04-05-2008, 09:36 AM
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I used my dremel to cut the sides off the bolt. Then I was able to use a pair of vise grips to turn the bolt.

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I feel your pain

I had the same problem doing the same project. The forum gave me the same advice. After I trashed the torx head I cut a slot in the head with a carbide bur in a dremel. We used an impact driver and an air impact wrench with a large flat tip impact bit. It did not budge. We tried to apply heat but found that getting heat to tranfer down the torx is tough without damaging your paint. The one that is stuck on mine can be reached from the inside through the glove box hole and never got hot enough to make me take my finger off of it. We used a small butane torch and shot the flame through the center of a bronze bushing. I did not try to weld a nut to the head. We decided that the bolt must have been cross threaded during installation and gave up before doing any more damage. I used some 3M two sided foam tape between the mirror bracket and hinge surface. I put a stainless steel bolt and flat washer in the other hole. It has been about 3 weeks now and I have not had any problems. I need that $12.00 body shop fix.
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post #15 of 32 Old 04-05-2008, 09:37 PM
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Whatever you do, do not buy an easy-out. They will break, and then you will have to deal with both a stripped/stuck torx bolt and a broken easy out inside of it. Ask me how i know!
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