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BeerMan 03-03-2012 08:53 AM

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.:rofl: Any ideas or anyone done this? I would love to hear a part number and just run to home depot hahaa. Thanks!

MikalCarbine 03-03-2012 09:00 AM

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

BeerMan 03-03-2012 09:37 AM

Jeep CJ 1976-86 Wrangler YJ TJ 1987-06 HD Windshield Torx Screw Replacement Kit | eBay

MikalCarbine 03-03-2012 10:02 AM

Definitely a reasonable price, I wish there was an alternative solution to putting another torx back in

MikalCarbine 03-03-2012 10:07 AM

Anyone know what size and threading the Torx bolt is? One can probably find these cheaper at McMasterCarr or the like :dance:

BeerMan 03-03-2012 10:12 AM

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.:redface:

jgorm 03-03-2012 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by MikalCarbine (Post 2097971)
Anyone know what size and threading the Torx bolt is? One can probably find these cheaper at McMasterCarr or the like :dance:

No, but most of the bolts I've dealt with were metric.

Shoelessboi 03-05-2012 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by jgorm (Post 2098138)
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.

c1skout 03-05-2012 09:17 PM

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?

geiman 03-06-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by BeerMan (Post 2097983)
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.:redface:

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.

Wheel2Work 03-06-2012 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by BeerMan (Post 2097983)
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"...

DevilDogDoc 03-06-2012 12:58 PM

It is nice having a local Fastenal, esp when there isn't jack else in this town....

BeerMan 03-06-2012 02:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wheel2Work (Post 2110101)
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"...

NICE! Will do! :thumb:

MikalCarbine 03-06-2012 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wheel2Work (Post 2110101)
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?

BeerMan 03-08-2012 10:56 AM

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.

Wheel2Work 03-08-2012 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by MikalCarbine (Post 2110994)
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.

Jerry Bransford 03-08-2012 02:04 PM

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.

Grateful Parrot 03-08-2012 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by BeerMan (Post 2117248)
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.

Price break for forums members before listing?

forrester1990 03-08-2012 02:28 PM

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

Wheel2Work 03-08-2012 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by forrester1990 (Post 2117934)
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.

BeerMan 03-08-2012 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wheel2work (Post 2117976)
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.

x2

forrester1990 03-08-2012 05:04 PM

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.

MikalCarbine 03-08-2012 05:30 PM

Post up a link when you do!

Wheel2Work 03-08-2012 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by forrester1990
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... :D

Catmechanic 03-08-2012 09:13 PM

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.

Fireaxe 09-06-2012 10:16 AM

Does anyone know if the torx in the door brackets both parts (on the body and on the doors) are the same length?

SilverAuto 02-23-2014 08:05 PM

Actually 16 torx bolts for the windshield hinges are going for $20.95/free shipping on eBay.


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