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Old May 27th, 2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Stripped Torx Bolt while trying to install Fog light Mouting Plate

Alright so a few days ago I purchased some fog lights and the mouting brackets to attach on both the left and right side of my front windsheild. In order to get this mouting plate on, I had to remove the torx bolts that were in both corners, then place the plate in the corners then rebolting down the torx bolts.

Unfortunally it wasnt that easy..the only 3 of the 8 torx bolts came loose, and the others are extremely difficult to remove. I stripped one of the bolts and dont want to strip the rest I feel like I am out of ideas. I used a hand ratchet with the right size bit but it was to diffucult to remove, including 2 other adults.

What are a few ways I might be able to get these things out?

I also used a drill bit smaller then the torx bolts hole and drilled a hole in the bit trying to weaken it but it made no difference. Any ideas or anyone else have the same problem?
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Old May 27th, 2011, 01:23 AM   #2
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very common issue with them brackets and them damn bolts. Best I have found is to drill out the heads of them bolts so the brackets pop off then vise grip the remaining bolt stud and take out and use new bolt with a regular head on them.

or if had a welder weld on a bolt with a hex head on it and bust it loose like that.
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Here's a few options.

Use a screw extractor.

Cut a slit in it with a cutoff wheel and use a impact driver.

Weld a not to it (don't have me do it)

Your best bet is to get a proper screw extractor set from a tool vendor. Good luck, most of us have been there before.
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Here's a few options.

Use a screw extractor.

Cut a slit in it with a cutoff wheel and use a impact driver.

Weld a not to it (don't have me do it)

Your best bet is to get a proper screw extractor set from a tool vendor. Good luck, most of us have been there before.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 02:27 AM   #5
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You could always use a nut extractor, or like some others are saying weld a hex bolt to it. If you have a good set of torx drivers, you could try using one size larger that it is and lightly tap it till it hits the bottom of the cut out and try that. If that still doesn't work, then I would try the weld a bolt, or nut extractor set. I 2 bolts strip off on me when I removed the hard top on my TJ a couple weekends. I ended up having to use some vice grips to get the damn bolts out so that is always an option as well and does work. It is a pain in the ass to do it that way, but it does work. Remember use A LOT of PB Blaster with the bolts, that stuff is AMAZING! I am using it on my 88 Cherokee that still has/had factory everything pretty much and most of the bolts are coming out without much hassle... Best of luck with it all,

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Old May 27th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #6
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You could always use a nut extractor, or like some others are saying weld a hex bolt to it. If you have a good set of torx drivers, you could try using one size larger that it is and lightly tap it till it hits the bottom of the cut out and try that. If that still doesn't work, then I would try the weld a bolt, or nut extractor set. I 2 bolts strip off on me when I removed the hard top on my TJ a couple weekends. I ended up having to use some vice grips to get the damn bolts out so that is always an option as well and does work. It is a pain in the ass to do it that way, but it does work. Remember use A LOT of PB Blaster with the bolts, that stuff is AMAZING! I am using it on my 88 Cherokee that still has/had factory everything pretty much and most of the bolts are coming out without much hassle... Best of luck with it all,

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Speaking PB Blaster here's another little trick if you have access to a torch and the fastener is in a spot that you can heat up. Heat it up until it starts to glow then shove a candle over the end. When it cools it will come out like it was new. Works great on broken exhaust studs and bolts.
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I find using an impact on torx works best to get them out instead of a hand drive.
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Those bolts are loctited into a plate from the factory.
between age/ rust and paint they ONLY good way to remove them is with an impacting tool of some sort.

I would suggest taking a utility knife ans first scoring the paint all around the head of the bolt. Then using either a pneumatic, battery/electric, or hand impact driver install the torx socket onto that and then attempt to remove.
I have had 97% success doing it the above way, even removing some parts from wrecked YJ's at the junkyard.

On the one's that have stripped, the best way to remove it (and preserve paint etc around it) is to drill it our from the center and use a screw/bolt extractor.
if you dont care about the paint, weld a nut onto the head and then use am impact to remove.

I also found, putting the torx socket into the bolt and wacking it good a few times with a hammer before removal also help the process along.
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if you have access to an old style blunt tip soldiering iron, hold it against the center of head of the bolt for a long time. sometimes it will get it hot enough to release the loctite, and it might come out.

you could try a 3/8 impact too. 1/2 impact will break it for sure.
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I had to use a hammer ratchet on mine on the windshield frame. Worked great.
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I had to use a hammer ratchet on mine on the windshield frame. Worked great.
I think you mean a impact driver but I could be wrong. I suggested that because there is alot less of a chance of breaking the the head off the fastener then with air tools. Then you would be in a worse situation.
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Yes, impact driver. After i typed it, i figured it did not sound right but im sure everyone could figure it out.
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I like the mig welder for welding nuts over the torx head(then cool it off with some water)....works every time,plus you get to throw those torx bolts away!!
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