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Old 03-23-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Windshield Bracket nuts...

I got new mirror relocations today and they require me to remove the windshield bracket nuts/bolts, but I can't seem to get them to move at all.. I already stripped two on one side so I have to drill into it tomorrow, but is there an easy way to remove them? They are in there HARD!


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Old 03-23-2010, 09:52 PM   #2
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mine were painted in so i took a utility knife blade and cut as deep as i could. that may work for ya, and i hear they make a special tool you can get from sears or so. havent seen it or used one but heard good things

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Old 03-23-2010, 09:53 PM   #3
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Good luck man, I know what you are going through! When I put on my windshield light brackets, I broke four of the torx bits and still had to drill out two of them!
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:56 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I thought they would be painted on.. Those things don't budge at all.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:14 PM   #5
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Nope, they suck. Oh what I would love to do to whoever thought Torx bolts on something that gets wet, muddy, rusty, etc was a good idea.

I just fought with mine today.....Got 6/8. I was able to drill one of them out. Then went to drill the other out and the screw remover (technical term anyone?) snapped off in the Torx bolt. Wonderful. I dont want lights by my windshield that bad anyway lol.

Lessons learned: use a big breaker bar, 1/2->3/8 converter(?) and high quality torx bits. Press (or maybe even hammer) them in hard. I exacerbated the problem on mine by only getting the bit in there part way, then it stripped (naturally) and the remainder was insufficient to handle the force. Also hit them with a bunch of PB Blaster or similar beforehand, though Im not sure if excess will damage paint, so be careful.
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