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Old 11-10-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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RR mirror relocation brackets

Anyone have problems with installing these? I picked some up and cannot, for the life of me, take the torx screw out the bottom of the mirror on the passenger side and I am sure it is stripped now. I don't know if it is just corroded, rusted or if it has locktite or something. Anyone run into this problem? Any suggestions on how to get that torx screw out now that it is stripped?

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Don't know about the relo brackets, though I can say the stripped screw is going to need a screw removal kit. Those suck.

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Anyone have problems with installing these? I picked some up and cannot, for the life of me, take the torx screw out the bottom of the mirror on the passenger side and I am sure it is stripped now. I don't know if it is just corroded, rusted or if it has locktite or something. Anyone run into this problem? Any suggestions on how to get that torx screw out now that it is stripped?

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Here is what I know about mine. Yours might be different so take this with a grain of salt.

If your torx socket of the bolt is stripped out then there is not much hope for a drive tool to get it out. You could try a left handed drill bit and if you do use a 5/16 size. You could use a smaller one and even end up using an ez-out but it would need to be so small I doubt you would be successfull; you'd probably end up breaking the ez-out in the bolt and then it would be harder to do what I suggest next. Use a 5/16 drill bit and drill thru the head of the bolt. The bolt is only 8mm so drilling 5/16 thru it will remove the head. The head of the bold is one of those built-in flat washer type heads and it 5/8 dia. The hole in the bracket is probably 1/2". (this is where I am not certain because I have only seen a RR relocation bracket and I have never seen the inside of the oem mirror bracket)

With the head of the bolt gone you should be able to remove the mirror. Below is a post I entered in a thread where someone was having trouble removing a mirror from the stock bracket. This might help you too.



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Don't know anything about the stock brackets, but I did just remove mirrors from relocation brackets two weeks ago.



As you can see there is a bit of corrosion going on and that could be your issue. The bottom part of the mirror that goes into the bracket is aluminum and tapered. There is a key in the mirror stub but it had nothing to do with the relocation bracket. I don't know if it lined up with something in the stock bracket or not that might keep it from turning.

From what my mirror and bracket looks like I would say you need to loosen your screw a few turns and then give it a sharp wrap upward to break it loose from the bracket... but don't break it. Maybe a little WD squirted in the top would help. Good luck.
PB Blaster is probably a better product than WD-40. Actually, if you happen to be a gunner and have some Breakfree CLP around, try that. That stuff is awesome.

I almost forgot; when you remove the mirror then you should have enough screw hanging out to grab with a Vise Grip to remove the screw. Then you will need to replace the screw unless you got new ones with your relocation brackets. Good luck. Those type problems always suck. Sometimes a break from trying is all you need.
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