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Old 03-03-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Torx Bolt Replacements, Windshield & Doors...Want a hard core replacement!

Just curious if anyone has sourced some hardcore replacements for these crappy OEM easily-stripped POS's on the door and windshield hinges, as well as tailgate. I figure it's time to get out my drill and do some work since I have one stripped out in each door, and one on each windshield bracket. I have seen one guy on eBay but 40 bucks shipped for 16 bolts seems a little nuts. Any ideas or anyone done this? I would love to hear a part number and just run to home depot hahaa. Thanks!

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Subscribed. Please share that eBay link, honestly $40 for 16 quality bolts sounds about right, $2/bolt plus shipping

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Old 03-03-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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Definitely a reasonable price, I wish there was an alternative solution to putting another torx back in
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Anyone know what size and threading the Torx bolt is? One can probably find these cheaper at McMasterCarr or the like
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I saw a thread where someone put in stainless Allen head bolts...no reply yet on where he got them. My mechanic buddy said if I didn't use a damn good T-40 bit (like SnapOn or Cornwell) and an impact driver (not impact wrench, the kind you hit with a hammer) that I would be in for a major PITA...he was correct.
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Anyone know what size and threading the Torx bolt is? One can probably find these cheaper at McMasterCarr or the like
No, but most of the bolts I've dealt with were metric.
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No, but most of the bolts I've dealt with were metric.
I'm in the same boat right now.
5/16-18 (Stainless Countersunk Hex) i seen on a diff thread but i'm going to see if i can verify that if its right.. I'm looking for the bolts for the complete windshield and the sides of the windshield hinges.
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I was surprised that the windshield hinge bolts on my 2005 were std. 5/16" . I figured they would be metric. What did they use on CJ's?
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and an impact driver (not impact wrench, the kind you hit with a hammer) that I would be in for a major PITA...he was correct.
The impact driver you hit with a wrench is what I've had the best luck with as well for removing those kinds of bolts. Well worth the money to save yourself a headache.
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I saw a thread where someone put in stainless Allen head bolts...no reply yet on where he got them.
I got mine from Fastenal, since we have a local distributor. Take in a sample, and they can find the correct replacement for you. IIRC it was a 5/16"x1"...
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It is nice having a local Fastenal, esp when there isn't jack else in this town....
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I got mine from Fastenal, since we have a local distributor. Take in a sample, and they can find the correct replacement for you. IIRC it was a 5/16"x1"...
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I got mine from Fastenal, since we have a local distributor. Take in a sample, and they can find the correct replacement for you. IIRC it was a 5/16"x1"...
Did you replace with another Torx or something else?
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After a lot of work by myself, and an awesome guy at Fastenal, I have stainless steel replacement allen head bolts coming for the door hinges, window brackets, and tailgate/door. Since I had to buy a truckload of these I will be putting together some packages of all necessary bolts etc and put them on eBay. I will be picking them up on Monday 3/12.
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Did you replace with another Torx or something else?
Nah... they are stainless steel hex screws that are countersunk, so they fit flush in the hinges.
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The OE torx-head bolts used in the TJ are pretty soft and as we all know, are pretty easily stripped. However, there are hardened replacements that still use torx or allen head tools that hold up well to being removed and reinstalled multiple times. I've had to replace a lot of various torx-head bolts on my TJ and once I swapped to their hardened cousins, no more problems. I buy mine locally at a chain of hardware specialty shops called Ababas but the other stores listed above would be very good sources as well.
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After a lot of work by myself, and an awesome guy at Fastenal, I have stainless steel replacement allen head bolts coming for the door hinges, window brackets, and tailgate/door. Since I had to buy a truckload of these I will be putting together some packages of all necessary bolts etc and put them on eBay. I will be picking them up on Monday 3/12.
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Whats the best method to get these out? Im trying to put on mirror relocation brackets and the bit i got from autozone isnt cutting it. The head on the bolt is starting to strip out
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Whats the best method to get these out? Im trying to put on mirror relocation brackets and the bit i got from autozone isnt cutting it. The head on the bolt is starting to strip out
Impact driver that you smack with a hammer will usually work, but some fasteners may require heat to soften up lock-tite that may have been used in installation.
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impact driver that you smack with a hammer will usually work, but some fasteners may require heat to soften up lock-tite that may have been used in installation.
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I tried an impact driver today with no luck. Havent used heat yet but im a little afraid to, Dont want to mess the paint up.
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I tried an impact driver today with no luck. Havent used heat yet but im a little afraid to, Dont want to mess the paint up.
I understand not wanting to damage the surrounding area, but since the new bracket will cover the area...
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Here's a few tips for these types of fasteners:
1 Use a good quality tool with Torx & Allen head screws. Mac, Snap-on, Craftsman, etc. Stay away from the cheapies in the hardware & auto parts stores.
2 Get a tube of valve lapping compound, put a little on the end of your bit when you try to break the bolt loose. The abrasive gives the tool a little traction to prevent it from slipping & camming out, also works great on tough phillips head screws.
3 If you replace your hardware with stainless clean the holes out with a tap and use a good quality anti-sieze. Stainless fasteners will gall easily without lubricant.
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Does anyone know if the torx in the door brackets both parts (on the body and on the doors) are the same length?
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Actually 16 torx bolts for the windshield hinges are going for $20.95/free shipping on eBay.

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