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Old 02-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Stripped torx\ replacements windshield

Today i was installing my kc windshield lights on my 03 tj, drivers side went on fine. But both torx on the passengers side are stripped. How should i remove them? What should i replace them with, will the dealer have more of these screws in black? If i were to drill them out how would i be able to remove the windshield rackets in the future? Stripped so easily , very disappointed in myself for making a simple project into a huge deal.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Just drill the heads. typically The bolt will back out because it is the head that corrodes and binds. The brackets I have came with new bolts but fastenal had the identical bolts in stainless when I did my last jeep.

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:52 PM   #3
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Will give that a try tomorrow, did you replace the bolts with torx again or go a different route? Thanks for the help
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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My old jeep I replaced with torx but stainless. My jeep with windshield light brackets has torx also but they are button head (not recessed) and came with the brackets. Good luck
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:47 PM   #5
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I had the same issue trying to remove my front bumper, I ended up replacing them with stainless hex bolts.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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Stripped them out pretty bad. Not even the removal bits would grab...? Any suggestions need to be able to take the windshield brackets on and off. Would like to not have to re tap the holes, anyone ever weld a bit in there and use that to turn the screw out?
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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You have three options.

1) Leave it alone. You really didn't want to remove it anyway.
2) Weld a nut on the end of the stripped out torx, and use a wrench on the nut. If you don't have a welder, it's an easy task for any competent guy with a little 110v welder.
3) Drill out the head of that (torx) bolt, until the head is completely removed. Then, remove all the other (torx) bolts holding that hinge on. When all the bolts are removed (or drilled), take the hinge completely off the vehicle. This will give access to the (broken & stuck) bolt studs. Soak them in Kroil (or PBlaster) overnight, and repeatedly. Use vise grips to remove the broke pieces. If Vise grips are unable, you can always revert to #2
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:12 PM   #8
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Option 4 get a drimmel cut a slot into the "head" of the bolt and grab you the classic flat head and twist
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #9
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Had to put a nut behind the drilled out bolt all set now thx guys

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