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Old 01-30-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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Rusted dash bolts

I'm trying to remove my dash and two of the torx bolts that are under the windshield have some really bad rust. I can't even fit the torx bit in the hole. I have soaked them in PB blaster and used a steel brush to try and clean up the heads with no luck. Now before I drill them out I wanted to see if anyone had any other ideas? Thanks for any advice!

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Old 01-30-2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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Before you drill them, try an impact tool if you can get the bit in the head of the bolt.

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Old 01-30-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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what i did was use a pair of vise grips and grab the bolts and loosened them that way. and then if you want you can reuse them and tighten them the same way
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:54 PM   #4
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Before you drill them, try an impact tool if you can get the bit in the head of the bolt.
Impact wrench worked for one but I had to drill the other pain in the butt
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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why u trying to take them out anyways??
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:13 PM   #6
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I noticed that the plastic dash cracked while I was removing it could have been that way but I'm sure I had something to do with it :X. Oops. What's the best way to put this back together?
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:14 PM   #7
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Changing the drivers side speaker... I was able to do the passenger side by reaching under. I wasn't nearly as lucky with the drivers side
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:38 PM   #8
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Harbor Freight has some pretty inexpensive plastic welding kits.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:43 PM   #9
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oo really i was able to change the speaker by reaching through the hell maze of wires, what a pain that was, on my friends i un did the 3 outside bolts, bent the metal installed the speaker and bent it back
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Changing the drivers side speaker... I was able to do the passenger side by reaching under. I wasn't nearly as lucky with the drivers side
True. Too many things in the way. That's why I'm waiting till it's warm so I can get my hard top off and flip the windshield open to get the dashboard out completely.
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I noticed that the plastic dash cracked while I was removing it could have been that way but I'm sure I had something to do with it :X. Oops. What's the best way to put this back together?
"Plastic weld" does magic. I fix plastic fairings on my bike (yeah, I'm guilty of that too ) it just becomes part of the part you're fixing. Then you can send it, paint it and no one will ever know it is not original.

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:49 PM   #12
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Thank u all for the info!
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:22 PM   #13
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I just thought of two more questions.

I replaced the rubber gasket under the windshield since I had to lower it. I was getting water behind the dash before is there anything else I can do to water proof this (silicon around the gasket??)?

One more thing is my tachometer backlight doesn't work. Is this a regular bulb that may need to be changed? Is this easy to do now that I have access to the back of the dash?

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The bulb should be easy enough, the socket should come right out of the back of the gauge and if you take the bulb to the parts store matching it should be simple.

The new gasket should seal the windshield I would think.

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