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Old 11-15-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Stripped Bolt

So, the lift finally made it's way across 3,000 miles of ocean, and I finally got the time to go over to the auto hobby shop on post, and was all geared up to get it installed.

I took my time, read through the instructions ten times, made sure I had EVERYTHING I might possibly need.

This morning I got under the Jeep and promptly managed to strip the torx-head trackbar mounting bolt. What?!?!? The first freaking bolt?? It couldn't be. But it was.

So now I'm faced with a dilemma. How do I get this thing out? It'd already soaked it down with PB Blaster, and I've tried to tap and drill it, but to no avail. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for getting this thing out?

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sawzall the bolt off and keep the sawzall handy

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Sawzall it out or grab a drill bit a little smaller then the hole and drill the entire bolt out. You could also torch it out.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:52 PM   #5
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either ez out, or start with a small bit, drill through it and use progressively larger bits, it will eventually come out
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:55 PM   #6
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Do you want to re-use the track bar?
If not I would cut it away through the bushing with an angle grinder.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:07 PM   #7
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:30 PM   #8
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haha yeah, that's next on the list to get the good adjustable track bar. For now, though, I do want to re-use it, so in the morning I'll try and drill it out.
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Drilling it out may work but will probably ruin the sleeve inside the rubber. Use a left hand drill bit if you can find one.

If you grind the head off flush with the bracket, I think you can use a punch to drive the rest out the back.

If there's not enough room in back for it to come out, drive it out as far as you can, then use a cutting torch to cut that part of the bolt sticking out the back, then drive out the remainder of the bolt.
Cut it fast with the torch, then flood it with water before the heat transfers to the rubber.

To help prevent stripping out Torx heads, put a dab of rubbing compound on the Torx bit - the grit helps it grip without slipping.

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