Hex Bolts Stripped - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-22-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
Newb
 
goldfingerEP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4
Images: 2
Hex Bolts Stripped

Hi all! any help would be great. The mirror replacement brackets I got require the hex bolts from the windshield bracket/hinge to be removed. Used a t40 bit. The driver side was no problem, some force, and them came loose. The passenger side is a different story. The bolts got stripped real quick, bummer! I know I can use extraction kit to remove, but wanna ask if anyone has done this? I am on my way to Fastenal to buy replacements right now, just wanna hear what y'all have to contribute about your experiences. Thanks! (pic is of current condition)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	StripQ.jpg
Views:	61
Size:	58.6 KB
ID:	152783  

goldfingerEP is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
Rock-Rubber

WF Supporting Member
 
GoldenSahara00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: SCPA
Posts: 16,744
Well if it's a hex bolt you can't use a Torx. That would have been your first issue. But I think you mean Torx bolt. Anyways. They are a bear to get out. It happens a lot. Good luck.

__________________
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig.
Bolt-ons are boring
AMERICAN JEEPER
My Build - http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/pr...a00-74622.html
Rausch Creek Trip: 2014 Trip Coming Soon
GoldenSahara00 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 33,231
Images: 2
Those are held in with Locktite and at this point, I'd not expect an extraction kit to be of much help. Personally I'd tack-weld a bolt or nut onto the top of them and remove them. The heat from welding will break the Locktite's hold on the bolts and very likely make them easy to remove with the tack-welded bolt head or nut. If the torx-bolt openings aren't completely stripped, if you don't have access to a welder, applying heat directly to the bolt head via a propane or MAP gas torch may loosen them enough to allow a torx wrench to unscrew them.

Heat is the secret at this point.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 05:33 PM   #4
Creepy Crawler

WF Supporting Member
 
BLK00TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,194
I had to drill the heads off of mine and use vise grips to get the bolt out. Those little buggers are $5 a pop at the stealership.
__________________
Wheel. Break/Test. Repair/Upgrade. Repeat
BLK00TJ's YouTube Channel -- BLK00TJ's Build
BLK00TJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 33,231
Images: 2
Drilling the head off then using visegrips to remove the stud is tough to do with the windshield hinge bolts. That is because the windshield hinge doesn't come off to give enough access to the remaining stud as happens with the door hinge screws. I have done just that with door hinge bolts where that technique works well.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 05:53 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Under my Jeep in beautiful upstate N.Y.
Posts: 3,057
I used an extractor from Snap On(prob made by someone else) that worked awesome.Ive got a video on it here somewhere.It worked on all my frozen bolts.
1jeeplvr is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Under my Jeep in beautiful upstate N.Y.
Posts: 3,057
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
I had to drill the heads off of mine and use vise grips to get the bolt out. Those little buggers are $5 a pop at the stealership.
I wouldent get the factory replacements.
1jeeplvr is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #8
Newb
 
goldfingerEP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4
Images: 2
Yes , Torx bolt

Yes, I did mean Torx, had HEX on my mind. No edit feature on my side to change thread title. Just got back from FASTENAL for replacement bolts, did buy hex socket, black, countersink (same type as Factory), 5/16-18 x 1 - 1/4", full thread (not cap end - is inverse of lag bolt, smooth at end) but tested and functional,( working equivalent of MOPAR # 06504417 @ $4.25 each). Got um for .35 ( 35 ˘) (FASTENAL part# 1124257) Also got hardened T40 bit that tore right through the installed torx head like butter. Now they are stripped as s*#t! Gotta find a way!

@ GoldenSahara - Thanks
@ Jerry , Thanks. No welder available. now stripped out REAL bad
@ BLK00TJ, what bit did you use? Thanks. I try to avoid stealerships also
@ 1jeeplvr , will search out video, thank you for reply.

Will post pic of any progress as time allows. Will try and be specific on these issues to save time, excuse typo on subject thread title. I am an architecture student and have get in to the habit of being specific, measuring 3 times, drawing once and avoiding confusion. Again, thanks to all who replied
goldfingerEP is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 08:04 PM   #9
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 33,231
Images: 2
If I were you, I'd make it simple and take your Jeep to someone who knows how to weld a nut or bolt onto those stripped out bolts. That will be an easy fast cheap fix.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #10
Creepy Crawler

WF Supporting Member
 
BLK00TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,194
Quote:
Originally Posted by goldfingerEP View Post
@ BLK00TJ, what bit did you use? Thanks. I try to avoid stealerships also
Nice fine on those bolts. I should have thought of that. I'm not sure of the size I used but it was about the size of the actual bolt. You only need to get rid of the head. Keep in mind that you have to have as many of the bolts removed already in order to remove the bracket to be able to able to get at the stud that is left. If you have trouble with any of the others you may as well do as Jerry suggested and weld a nut to it.
__________________
Wheel. Break/Test. Repair/Upgrade. Repeat
BLK00TJ's YouTube Channel -- BLK00TJ's Build
BLK00TJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 09:13 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Under my Jeep in beautiful upstate N.Y.
Posts: 3,057
Found them.You can see in the 1st video how tight they are.



1jeeplvr is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 09:18 PM   #12
Creepy Crawler

WF Supporting Member
 
BLK00TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,194
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post
Found them.You can see in the 1st video how tight they are.



Now that looks like an extractor that actually works! Where to I get one? I'm sick of extractors breaking off in the head.
__________________
Wheel. Break/Test. Repair/Upgrade. Repeat
BLK00TJ's YouTube Channel -- BLK00TJ's Build
BLK00TJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 09:35 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Under my Jeep in beautiful upstate N.Y.
Posts: 3,057
They really bit as you can see.I was putting a lot of force on it.Here is a similar kit.Im just using it to show whet style it is.Basically you drill it.pound in the correct size extractor then slip the collar over it.
Snap on blue point #1020 screw extractor set with case | eBay
1jeeplvr is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2012, 11:10 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
TJ Green's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: west jordan utah
Posts: 183
I had one strip when I mounted the windshield lights, like Jerry said I took it to work and had a welder weld a nut, If you have a welder do it make sure they know what they are doing and cover your paint.
TJ Green is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-23-2012, 09:59 AM   #15
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,221
Next time, try using a manual impact driver similar to this:

Craftsman Impact Driver - Tools - Mechanics & Auto Tools - Automotive Specialty Tools

Sometimes they can help to easily get out bolts you would otherwise strip like the ones on the windshield/door hinges. Also make sure you clean the paint out of the bolt head.
geiman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-28-2012, 01:53 PM   #16
Newb
 
goldfingerEP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4
Images: 2
Update

Some progress. Put in new bolts, on driver side. Went in no problem, new bit is a big help. Pics included. New bolts work for all spots but the door hing portion on the actual door, those are short nubs. I did replace the round head as it was missing. The new one is not countersink or flush but some connection is better than nothin'. Have yet to pick extraction method, the fall semester started in a flash!

@TJ GREEN , thanks , good rec, will be sure to protect paint if I go that way
@ gaeiman , Thanks!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	TorxtoHex2.jpg
Views:	30
Size:	58.2 KB
ID:	154808   Click image for larger version

Name:	TorxtoHex4.jpg
Views:	26
Size:	42.2 KB
ID:	154809  

Click image for larger version

Name:	TorxtoHex5.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	21.8 KB
ID:	154810   Click image for larger version

Name:	TorxToHex6e.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	47.7 KB
ID:	154811  

Click image for larger version

Name:	TorxtoHex7.jpg
Views:	26
Size:	65.1 KB
ID:	154812  
goldfingerEP is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-28-2012, 05:48 PM   #17
Creepy Crawler

WF Supporting Member
 
BLK00TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,194
Dremel it to length and you should be golden.

__________________
Wheel. Break/Test. Repair/Upgrade. Repeat
BLK00TJ's YouTube Channel -- BLK00TJ's Build
BLK00TJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:00 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC