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Old 11-10-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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Removing seat bolts

Hey all,
Although I am not building anything I figured this is the place to ask.
I am putting in a Bestop lock box under the drivers seat for valuables when the top is off. Got everything done except taking the bolts out of the drivers seat to finish the mount. They won't budge!!!
I assume the were put on with an air gun at the factory....so will I need an air gun to get them off??
Thanks for any help in advance!!
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:51 AM   #2
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hey alan
a long breaker bar will work. slide something (a pipe, the end of you hi-lift jack) over your ratchet or wrench, and have at it...

doesn't hurt to throw some loctite on it when you go back together. those bolts aren't something you ever want to loosen...


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Old 11-10-2013, 08:53 AM   #3
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Thanks I will give it a try Locktite and all!!
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it took quite a bit to loosen mine up... they'll come free. funny moment - when I was breaking mine loose. I was leaning away so far, when the bolt finally gave I went flying across the garage.

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others may have had different experiences but I have never had seat bolts come loose on their own.In fact they usually rust to the point of being tough to get out..For that reason,rather than putting loctite on the threads,I put a little oil
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I don't like the idea of even loosening them to be honest but I figured Bestop wouldn't steer me wrong!
I can see how you ended up on you rear end!

After huffing and puffing (and a couple of prime curse words ) I started looking around for a hidden camera!!!
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others may have had different experiences but I have never had seat bolts come loose on their own.In fact they usually rust to the point of being tough to get out..For that reason,rather than putting loctite on the threads,I put a little oil
true... me either. but after the lock box install I want them to rust back solid again.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:39 AM   #8
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II started looking around for a hidden camera!!!
Makes you wonder sometimes doesn't it.
I'll check you-tube and see if it's posted yet.
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Impact wrench makes removing your seats a 5 minute job. And that includes stopping to drink your beer too lol
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A small diameter bolt like that was not torqued any more then about 30 ftlb at the factory. If it is that tight it probably is rusted in. A long breaker bar will likely brake the bolt off. suggest a good soaking with penetrant and some caution. I'm with the dragon some anti-seize or oil on reassembly.
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A small diameter bolt like that was not torqued any more then about 30 ftlb at the factory. If it is that tight it probably is rusted in. A long breaker bar will likely brake the bolt off. suggest a good soaking with penetrant and some caution. I'm with the dragon some anti-seize or oil on reassembly.
it worked for me...
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:02 PM   #12
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OK...

I got them out!!!
Apologies to those of you East of the Mississippi who may have heard me cursing like the father in the "Christmas Story."
They were not rusted in...they were just tightened up REAL GOOD at the factory.
Thanks for all the help folks and IMHO...there is no way those bolts could wiggle their way free...

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