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Old 06-11-2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Any tips on taking my rusty 88 YJ apart? I,m afraid of stripping torx bolts. I would like to take the seatbelts and roll bar out. Please advise

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Old 06-11-2010, 08:26 PM   #2
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Soak em good first with PB Blaster, or 1/2 ATF & 1/2 kerosene (something like that, I'm drinkin again and have CRS) Look it up before you go makin a bomb... Soak em for a few days and that should help ease things.. Good luck

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Old 06-11-2010, 08:31 PM   #3
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The bolts used for seatbelts will come out hard the entire way. The factory uses self tapping bolts and an impact. once you get them out I would replace them with Button head cap screws. They are harder and will thread back in easier. the fronts have shoulder bolts so make sure you replace them with shoulder bolts.
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I used an electric impact wrench to remove the bolts when I ditched the seat belts. Then put same bolts back in. I'd never want to do it with hand tools.
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Wow, y'all are making me feel like Wonder Woman... I took the backseat belt out of my son's car last week, all by myself with just some PB blast and some good ol' scrawny girl muscles... I even took out the backseat by myself
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:47 PM   #6
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Heat. Plenty of heat. Then more heat, and an impact wrench
Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
I speak from experience.
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I took mine out when I swapped the roll bar out with out nothing but a wrench I must be superman! But I did have to use wd40 to get em back in though
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Get a good set of torx drivers. Not the cheapy Harbor Freight ones. Trust me...
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And ALWAYS use the exact size torx bit, if you only have 1 size under then don't try and use it, it'll strip the bolt for sure
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:21 PM   #11
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Its the Torx that worries me as I dont want to strip them. As far as WD 40???Where???I cant get to the threaded parts that need them only the heads and I dont think that it will soak in from there.
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Personally I would use PB breaker over WD40, just seems to be a little better, have at least a hand held propane torch handy for heating bolts which will cause expansion and contraction helping free up the bolts, and very good tools.....home depot, lowes, mac, snap on craftsmen etc.....american made tools are generally more exact to size and better quality means a better fit.
Impacts are very very helpful, even the harbor freight electric one works if you don't have air available.

Heat will help those bolts that you cannot access the nuts on....heat up, let cool down, then heat and cool all the way.....good luck

don't forget the fire extinguisher......lol, it's a good idea!!
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Should i spray after I heat it up?
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I really don't know that I'd use both PB blast and heat together, given that PB is pretty flammable..... just sayin.
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One of these...like they do in the factory. Really not that expensive and great for changing tires in the shop.
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Should i heat and cool each bolt before i start? I do have an electric impact gun like the one shown
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No. Don't let them cool. Heat them until the heads glow red and hit them with the impact. They should come right out.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:08 PM   #18
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Do I just use a hand held gas torch? will the heads strip on a torx bolt when its red hot? Sorry for stupid questions but I cant afford to screw up
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I used a map gas torch because it was all I had. An oxy/aceteline torch will do the job a lot quicker.
If you use the correct size bit you shouldn't strip the heads.
When it comes to torx bolts use the largest bit you can even if you have to tap it in with a hammer and make sure it's fully inserted.
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My father and I have used a handheld propane torch multiple times on my jeep. It really does the trick on those bolts that won't come out. I'd recommend spraying them with PB blaster twice a day for a couple days in advance. And make sure you use the exact size torx bolt, I've stripped out a few, and trust me, you don't want to end up doing that, it's a pain in the ass.

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