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Old 02-06-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Yj windshield hinge torx bolts

Just recently got myself a pair of windshield hinge light brackets for some KC lights and the screws WILL NOT come out to mount the brackets. The screws are began to strip and I stopped immediately. Anyone else have this problem or have an idea on how to go about getting them out? Thanks!

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My usual suggestion for this extremely painful and common problem is to weld a normal nut to the crappy torx bolt. This helps for two reasons. The heat from the weld can help break loose the rust and you can use real wrenches.

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I had to use an air hammer to remove mine. They are locktite'd in so a little heat and an impact will help break the bond.
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My usual suggestion for this extremely painful and common problem is to weld a normal nut to the crappy torx bolt. This helps for two reasons. The heat from the weld can help break loose the rust and you can use real wrenches.
the brackets I have came with replacement screws I just need to get the torx bolts out of there. Would you suggest drilling them out?
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:50 PM   #5
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I wouldn't drill em out. Cause then you still will have to clean threads. That is if you don't mess up the threads when trying to drill it out. Another option is using easy outs but that's not always 100 percent either. I agree use some heat and tap on em a little also to try to break the loctite loose.
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The hinges have upper bolts and lower bolts.

The uppers are 'bolt only' and are in threaded holes.
The lowers are a 'nut & bolt' configuration.
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This might sound stupid but are you using the rights size torque? This happened to me when mounting my brackets and when it started to strip I realized I was one size too small on the torque driver. From what I remember there isn't a huge difference between the correct size and one size smaller.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:55 AM   #8
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The nuts on mine were caulked in place, which adhered to the protruding bolt threads. It bonds with enough strength to lock the bolt in place.

Had to drill out mine just to get the windshield off.
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The hinges have upper bolts and lower bolts.

The uppers are 'bolt only' and are in threaded holes.
The lowers are a 'nut & bolt' configuration.
This is important to know. The lower bolts drove me nuts getting them out. IMO the only good thing about tork bolts is that they are easy to drill out. Really easy.
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I was fooled too when the uppers came out and the lowers just spun around because of the nuts. You just wouldn't assume the manufacturer would use two different methods on the same hinge.
First thing I thought was I stripped something.
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Windshield Torx Bolts Spinning

I am reviving an old thread rather than starting a new one. I get that there are nuts on the back of the bolts that attach the windshield hinge to the cowl, but what is the best way to get to them???? I am trying to install light brackets from Warrior.
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In my experience you basically have two options.
Option one iirc requires removing the dash to access the nuts. With kroil and heat you might be lucky enough to get the bolts out in one piece.
Option two (my preference ) do what you have to to get the bolts out (drill and easy out) without removing the dash. Tap the holes for a bigger stainless bolt that doesn't use the stupid torx head.
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I just replaced every torx bolt on my hinges with regular bolts. I also replaced the torx bolts that bolt the roll bars to the windshield frame. I did this while I was replacing the window cowl seal since it's necessary to fold the windshield down anyway. I didn't totally remove my dash but I did unbolt most of it to allow me to pull it away a little to fit my hand in there. It was a a pain but once I got the bolts finger tight I was able to torque them down tight without having to put a wrench on the nut. I think I was just very lucky that it worked out that easy.
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When we removed our hinges we loosened the dash to be able to pull it out just a bit. You can then reach up and get an open end wrench on the nuts. If this is the first time they have been removed you will probably have to chisel/scrape out all the putty that is all around the nuts before you can get to the nuts.
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I just replaced every torx bolt on my hinges with regular bolts. I also replaced the torx bolts that bolt the roll bars to the windshield frame. I did this while I was replacing the window cowl seal since it's necessary to fold the windshield down anyway. I didn't totally remove my dash but I did unbolt most of it to allow me to pull it away a little to fit my hand in there. It was a a pain but once I got the bolts finger tight I was able to torque them down tight without having to put a wrench on the nut. I think I was just very lucky that it worked out that easy.
So if I understand correctly, I can access these nuts if I lay the windshield down? I just took the top off yesterday so it would be easy to do. Much easier than loosening the dash. Wait, I just reread the posts. It looks like I HAVE to loosen the dash to get to them..... right? I think the caulk/ locktite has already broken loose and that is why they are spinning.
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I'd bet that the caulk and putty is still there. Mine would spin too, the putty is not strong enough to hold them tight, just blocks your wrench access so you have to pick it out with a long screwdriver before you can get a wrench on them.
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GREAT!!! Ok what is the easiest way to loosen the dash. I don't want to just start unscrewing stuff. I have never removed a dash. I also might replace speakers if I am going to pull the dash. Thanks in advance.
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When we removed our hinges we loosened the dash to be able to pull it out just a bit. You can then reach up and get an open end wrench on the nuts. If this is the first time they have been removed you will probably have to chisel/scrape out all the putty that is all around the nuts before you can get to the nuts.
X2- its a pain but really the only way.
smart move on doing the speakers at the same time.
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found a thread with pics on the dash removal

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[QUOTE="deepair3;9834218"] So if I understand correctly, I can access these nuts if I lay the windshield down? I just took the top off yesterday so it would be easy to do. Much easier than loosening the dash. Wait, I just reread the posts. It looks like I HAVE to loosen the dash to get to them..... right? I think the caulk/ locktite has already broken loose and that is why they are spinning.[/QUOTE

You can't get to them by folding the windshield down but you have to fold the windshield down to loosen the dash.
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That's what I needed! Thanks Guys!
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I had to drill ALL mine out and tap for new threads. Put anti-seize on the new bolts ... all is good again!
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This is a great thread, I need to do the same thing to mine. I tried a propane torch to heat the bolts up. Hammer and steel stud on bolts to see if vibrations could break them free. Nothing seems to work. Awesome idea to weld a nut to the bolt. Great info that the bottoms have nuts and you have to loosen / remove the dash to get to them.

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