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08-03-2012 12:37 AM
exavid If you don't like torx you'll really hate Allens. The torx don't strip out easily as long as you use the right sized bit. The Allens will strip if you look at them crooked. Phillips are the easiest of all to strip out. Their only good feature is the X shaped slots help center the drill bit you use to drill the heads off.
The only good way to handle any of these kinds of fasteners when they don't want to come out easily is using an impact wrench. Do yourself a favor and get a battery powered impact driver. You'll thank yourself later.
08-02-2012 01:31 PM
hambubba ... To beat the crap out of it if it won't come out. Causing vibrations is a skill!
08-02-2012 01:19 PM
BigGreenMachine
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Originally Posted by hambubba
Rubber Hammer time... ?

I keep one handy.
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08-02-2012 01:03 PM
hambubba Rubber Hammer time... ?

I keep one handy.
08-02-2012 09:51 AM
rrich If you do break one off a good set of REVERSE drill bits can help. as you drill it out, sometimes it'll catch and back the whole thing out.

Reverse drill bits just turn backwards.
08-02-2012 12:38 AM
Buz 1 i think torx rocks.. buy a quality set of bits,, and a 'hammer-blow impact. a couple good raps with a dead-blow hammer & u have success.. the impact of the blow sets the bit firmly, & at the same time it helps to break the lock-tite used by the factory on all the windshield fasteners.
08-01-2012 10:27 PM
geoffmarton
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Originally Posted by eboven
That's interesting that everyone seems to hate Torx screws... they are actually better than Phillips head screws in many ways, the main one being their resistance to cam out when lots of torque is applied to tighten or loosen the bolt.

Just a fun fact of the day for you!
I felt the same way when I first got my Harley. Now I only wish each manufacturer would stick with one fastener type to make creating a tool kit much easier. All torx, all hex, or all Phillips. And for God's sake, pick either metric or English! Mixing is ridiculous.
08-01-2012 09:24 PM
rrich Get good quality bits too - the cheap ones will round off or break.
And - apply a touch of rubbing compound or toothpaste to the head. The fine grit helps it bite better.
08-01-2012 08:14 PM
eboven That's interesting that everyone seems to hate Torx screws... they are actually better than Phillips head screws in many ways, the main one being their resistance to cam out when lots of torque is applied to tighten or loosen the bolt.

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By design, Torx head screws resist cam-out better than Phillips head or slot head screws. Where Phillips heads were designed to cause the driver to cam out, to prevent over-tightening, Torx heads were designed to prevent cam-out. The reason for this was the development of better torque-limiting automatic screwdrivers for use in factories. Rather than rely on the tool slipping out of the screw head when a torque level is reached, thereby risking damage to the driver tip, screw head and/or workpiece, the driver design achieves a desired torque consistently. The manufacturer claims this can increase tool bit life by ten times or more.
Just a fun fact of the day for you!
08-01-2012 07:57 PM
Flashole
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Originally Posted by Zed View Post
x10
I'll go ahead and quote this sentiment.
08-01-2012 06:57 PM
Zed
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Originally Posted by beaverjeeper
torx bolts are the most stupid things ever thought of. I hate them with all my being.
x10
08-01-2012 06:20 PM
orange05tj
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Originally Posted by BeaverJeeper
torx bolts are the most stupid things ever thought of. i hate them with all my being.
Is there a "like" button for this?
08-01-2012 05:57 PM
BeaverJeeper torx bolts are the most stupid things ever thought of. i hate them with all my being.
08-01-2012 05:12 PM
bwpilot20 Use an extractor or cut a slot with a dremel and extract with a flat head screwdriver. The Torx bolt is now unusable since the bit has stretched and most likely distorted and weakened the bolt head along with it when it broke off.
08-01-2012 05:12 PM
Southerner Magnet?
08-01-2012 04:56 PM
BigGreenMachine
I need help with torx!

I broke the torx bit off inside the bolt. Any tricks for removing the bit?

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