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Old 03-17-2012, 07:43 AM   #1
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Stripped Bolts

I stripped the bolts that my mirrors are being mounted by. The torx are such a pain. Anyone know the size of bolt I should get to just replace them all and make life a lot simpler when I need to take the mirrors off

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I took mine to Fastenal and found SS replacements CHEAP that are stronger and have allen heads. Have fun drilling that torx out...I about lost my mind on mine

I will post the size if i can find the bag.

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Alright sounds good thanks
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:53 AM   #4
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Alright sounds good thanks
5/16-18 and avoid Allen head if possible. Flat head #4 Phillips is a vastly superior drive in flat head due to the much larger size of the contact area and the driver itself.

If you get stainless, test a couple before you get carried away. It is not all created equal and a lot of it is very soft.
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If you get stainless, test a couple before you get carried away. It is not all created equal and a lot of it is very soft.
This. Most "average" stainless fasteners aren't real strong, like Gr. 2-ish. At the very least, use anti-seize compound on the threads, because they tend to gall. Don't get me wrong, stainless bolts have their place, just be careful.
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This is why I'm replacing all of my bolts with zinc coated Grade 8s.
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This is why I'm replacing all of my bolts with zinc coated Grade 8s.
If you have a source for 5/16-18 FH Phillips drive, grade 8 in 3/4 and 1" lengths, we can use a few thousand of them.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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eBay, surprisingly. I just bought one of these sets two weeks ago. Way more stuff than I needed but I'll have plenty for future projects:

GRADE 8 NUT BOLT & WASHER ASSORTMENT KIT SCREWS 1000 PC | eBay

Not phillips drive, but I prefer the bolt-style heads anyway.
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eBay, surprisingly. I just bought one of these sets two weeks ago. Way more stuff than I needed but I'll have plenty for future projects:

GRADE 8 NUT BOLT & WASHER ASSORTMENT KIT SCREWS 1000 PC | eBay

Not phillips drive, but I prefer the bolt-style heads anyway.
No, not hex head cap screws, we have good sources for those. I need high quality Flat Head Phillips 5/6-18 x 3/4 and 1" in length with a zinc or cadmium finish gold or clear, in high strength in large quantities to replace our more expensive high quality S/S.

Our S/S is good enough that you can snap a good quality #4 Phillips socket off in them and the steel versions just strip out. Unfortunately, that comes at a very high cost.

I also need 1/2-13 Flat Head Allen drive in 1.75" length, decently cost effective 2-500 at a time. The ones we can currently purchase are not the high strength versions like the metric Class 12.9 equivalents we use for the belly skid fasteners.
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I got stainless pan head allen replacements from Lowes
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I got stainless pan head allen replacements from Lowes
What size and thread did you get?

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