I got new straps... Those rubber covers over the threads are a joke. they don't even work. Mine were super rusty under there.... I put pliers on the rubber a started twisting... the rubber part came off. The threads were so rusted, the threads were not even there anymore. I cut them off with a dremel tool and put new ones on. All I can say is, spray them down with PB Blaster and soak... then have someone else hold a pair of vice grips on the strap and turn them. Hopefully they will turn. You could always use a little heat but I am against that because it's on the gas tank... and I personally don't wanna blow up this early iin life. I have lots of Jeepin to do!! Good Luck fellow jeeper!