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Old 11-22-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Back seat hardware extraction

Took the back seat out a while back and broke 3 of the 4 bolts holding the front brackets in. I think they are too rusted in place for an extraction bit, so I'm thinking heat and a welded nut on top. Unfortunately, I don't have those tools handy. Looks like I'm going to need some professional help...
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Ended up drilling the broken bolts out. I'm thinking of just getting some 1/4" grade 8 bolts to put through there with washers and nuts instead of tapping the holes. Any negatives by doing this vs re-tapping?

There is a Fastenal on my way to work I can stop by this week. Hoping to have everything ready for a ride around town this weekend with the wife and kids!

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Old 11-25-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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that will work if it makes you happy..1/4 inch grade 8 is strong enough
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:04 PM   #4
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I have the same issue. I was thinking the same thing about welding but dont have the tools and dont want to wait for someone to weld it for me. How hard was it to drilll them out? I have not had the best luck doing that. Is there any tricks I should know. Planning on working on it tonight.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Drilling them out wasn't too bad. The trick is to start with a smaller bit. I went about 3/4" in with a 5/32" bit and then went in with the 1/4" bit until I saw daylight. I did use some PB Blaster as a lube to keep the bits from getting too hot, but it was still smoking a bit during the process. I also had to get underneath the body tub with some pliers to break off what was left underneath. Good luck!
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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1st one went pretty good then had the bit break off. Now what? Any ideas?
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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Make sure you are using bits degigned to drill through metal. Use some sort of lube on the bit and in the hole and take your time. Did you break the smaller bit? You can use any bit in tag at size range for the pilot hole.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:59 PM   #8
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Yeah it was the smaller one
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Yeah it was the smaller one
take a small screwdriver or something you can use to catch in the bit grooves to try to screw it out..if that fails then try to bust it up to get it out with a punch
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:14 AM   #10
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Its jammed in there pretty bad i dont think that I'm gonna back it out. What do you mean by a punch?
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:28 AM   #11
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Punch worked. New nuts and bolts and the back seat is in. It looks like Im missing some kind of clip that would hold the seat to the bracket. Is this something that the hardware store might have or is a dealer thing.

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