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Old 01-16-2007, 07:57 AM   #1
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After market tow hooks.....

I bought some after market tow hooks and cannot get the stock bolts to break... what do I do? HELP!
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:16 AM   #2
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Impact driver?
Drill?
Penetrating oil?
What all have you tried so far?

If they're just not coming loose the impact driver would be my first choice.

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Old 01-16-2007, 08:25 AM   #3
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I was hoping it wouldnt come down to an impact driver. the bit is $40. I have only tried an allen wrench with a pipe to gain more mechanical advantage. NO budging it.
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It's too cold outside to crawl under Amy's Jeep right now unless I have to
What's on the other side? nut? or does it screw into the frame?
If it's a nut you might be able to grind that off.
Another option is to run it by a small independant shop, they'll usually be willing to do something like that for alot less than a dealership and you won't have to buy the bit.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:10 AM   #5
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Buy the proper bit. I think it's a T55. You'll use it often if you do much work yourself. You can pick one up from the local auto parts store for probably 10 bucks or so. Then a breaker bar with a cheater, or as someone else said, an impact if you have it.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:22 AM   #6
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hammer.


(breakerbar worked for me)
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:50 AM   #7
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yeah its not an allen bolt its a t55 as stated above.. and buy thy self a breaker bar.. they should come out really easy with that setup.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:51 AM   #8
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the other side looks like the head of a bolt, the same type. its raining or i would have a definate answer.
i will try the breaker bar with hammer. I have those tools.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:53 AM   #9
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You can also try heating the bolt a little with a torch. Be real careful not to damage the paint on your bumper.
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the other side looks like the head of a bolt, the same type. its raining or i would have a definate answer.
i will try the breaker bar with hammer. I have those tools.
No more allen wrenches either, get a torx bit like you should. There's about a million of the little cruddy torx heads on the jeep, so you'll need one (or ten) anyways. (I was kidding about the hammer... sorta )
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NOT THIS:

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Old 01-16-2007, 11:08 AM   #12
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Got ya. I already ordered a complete set.
Its on the way!
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:30 PM   #13
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Didnt Feel like waiting. I went and got the T55 from Autozone for 5 bucks and got the hooks on already
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the other side looks like the head of a bolt, the same type. its raining or i would have a definate answer.
i will try the breaker bar with hammer. I have those tools.
There are 4 bolts on the top, and 2 bolts on the bottom. They are all T55. There are no nuts on the ends of those bolts. The bumper and frame is threaded. Spray some pb blaster on those bolts for a couple days in a row. Walmart sells some Stanley torx sets with a T55 in it for about 10 bucks. Throw one of them in a socket and use a large pipe on the end for leverage. You "shouldn't" need an impact to do this.
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Nevermind....

That T55 is gonna come in handy in the future. You will be glad that you have it.
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If you look at the pic of my hooks you will see that I have two silver bolts on there. Its bugging me. I want the Torx ones for it. I have called dealerships and they cannot order the bolts from the stock Tow hooks. The originals from bumber without the hooks arent long enough to reach to screw. Any ideas?
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Old 01-17-2007, 04:33 PM   #17
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Take the short ones to te dealer and tell them you need some that are 1/2 inch longer. They should be able to get them for you. It all depends on the willingness of the parts counter person to look.

Or you could just paint the ones you have black....
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NICE !!! Those are rugged!

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