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Old 07-18-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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HELP! Rounded screw on hardtop

So I went to take my hardtop completely off my 08 jk and found that the previous owners had rounded the screw on the passenger side closest to the door. It's in an awkward place and I'm not entirely sure how to get it out. Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 07-18-2014, 10:02 AM   #2
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You should be able to buy a tool for just this job. It looks like a reverse-threaded drill but that goes into the top of the bolt and allows you to twist it out. Someone here not having a brain fart can tell us exactly what it is called.

You might replace all of the bolts with standard hex heads. Makes it so you can use a ratchet to pull the top and speeds up the job for next time.

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Get a set of EZ-Outs (screw extractors) good to have on hand anyway. Sears, Harbor Freight etc.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:07 AM   #4
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Get you a set off easy outs. They are pretty cheap. Drill a hole in the center of the bolt large enough for the easy out to bite. You can then slowly turn the easy out to remove the bolt. Another option is to drill out the head of the bolt. Grab one of the other bolts and use a drill bit the same diameter of the threads on the bolt. Take your time and once you get deep enough, the head of the bolt will come off. Then take the top off and grab some vicegrips to remove the rest. Hope it helps.
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It's called an easy out. I think it would be better to use a dremel tool and make a cut across top of screw so that a flat blade screw driver would fit in slot you cut and try and remove that way.
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If you have a dremel you can use a grinding wheel and cut a slot in it and back it out with a flathead.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:41 AM   #7
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I'd have to see if a drill would fit. Which I'll do when I'm home Sunday. It's just in such an awkward spot where there's not much room. I do plan on replacing all the screws.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:04 AM   #8
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Yeah id just cut a slot in that with a dremel and back it out with a flat head screw driver.

If you don't own a dremel...well...I'd say you have a bigger problem than a rounded bolt. HA!
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just get a pair of pliers or vice grips and twist it off. It won't be torqued down much more than hand tight. Especially if they trashed the head of the bolt while screwing it in..
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Yeah id just cut a slot in that with a dremel and back it out with a flat head screw driver.

If you don't own a dremel...well...I'd say you have a bigger problem than a rounded bolt. HA!
lol it's funny we are all posting the same thing. There was only one post besides op when I said its easy out by the time I typed and submitted there was already 2 or 3 other post. Now same thing with dremel and flat head. I hope he has dremel if not good reason to get one
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:35 AM   #11
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I really wouldn't use a dremel on that. Way overkill. By the time you plugged your dremel in I'd have the hard top off with a set of pliers.
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You could remove the soft top mounting bracket from the sport bar to get a little more room to work.
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If you don't have a dremel. Use a hack saw to cut the slot. Most people have those and they are slim so it should fit back there
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^power tools or nothing!!!
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Thanks everyone! I will certainly get to it when I make it home from vacation!
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You're on vacation and you can't get the top off? Damn, that's IS a problem.
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vice grips
X2 especially on vacation - easy to come by and once you lock it on and break it free, the bolt should come right out by hand. Unless they cross threaded it, then you'll need more tools, more time and more beer.
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X3 on vice grips.
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You're on vacation and you can't get the top off? Damn, that's IS a problem.
huge but I have my panels off so I'm still riding nice. I tried pliers unfortunately my can of silicon spray and my vice grips weren't in my tool box 😑😑😑 I found the other 5 screws were on incredibly right. Once I get home it shouldn't be a problem with all the suggestions I've gotten from you guys.

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