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en1ma 07-02-2013 06:50 PM

What tool to use to loosen bolt for seat?
I bought a ram air mount and it's the one that hooks into the bolt of the seat. But to do that I need to unbolt that one bolt first, right? If so what tool do I use for that?

relyt 07-02-2013 06:59 PM

If you can get to it, an impact would make quick work of it. If not, I'd suggest a breaker bar. The seat bolts are pretty tight.

_3m 07-02-2013 07:35 PM

Be very very careful, I snapped mine and it was an adventure trying to get it out.

spieg 07-02-2013 08:58 PM

1/2" ratchet with a 3' pipe over it worked for me. The bolts are thread locked so you have to put your butt into it. An impact will work as well.

gr8fulKID 07-02-2013 09:36 PM

Man those seat bolts are a pain in the @$$. When I bedlined my interior I had to remove all 8 bolts for both seats. I drove to the nearest auto shop, gave the dude a twenty, and had him loosen them for me.

en1ma 07-03-2013 02:23 AM

Damn that doesn't sound like it'll be very doable. Makes me want to return the ram mount then. :(

en1ma 07-03-2013 02:36 AM

Is there something I can buy for <$25 that would loosen it up for just one bolt so I can put this ram mount? RAM POD I Universal No-Drill or should i just try to hassle a local shop to loosen it up a bit?

relyt 07-03-2013 03:19 AM

If you have the correct socket already, 1/2" breaker bar would for sure be the cheapest solution. You will still probably have to put your back in to it though.

fljeepleo 07-03-2013 03:50 AM

I used the pipe from my high lift handle over the ratchet.

en1ma 07-03-2013 04:40 AM

I don't have any socket/tool whatsoever. What type of ratchet + pipe should I buy?

derf 07-03-2013 09:27 AM

It's an 18mm socket. I have the biggest 1/2" drive breaker bar you can get off the shelf from Craftsman. I had to put some effort into it but I got all 4 of those bolts out without any trouble.

Xena1 07-03-2013 10:13 AM

The bolts are loctited and don't come out easy. Heat will burn off loctite and the bolts can be accessed from underneath. The one under the driver's side back seat is the worst one.

TrueNorth 07-03-2013 03:35 PM

Finding a 1/2" drive breaker bar is easy.

It's the elusive 18mm socket thats the hard part!

Go check your socket set, bet you it jumps from 17 to 19mm. It's a conspiracy.

As far as getting the seat bolt out just do it on a warm day and go slow, they'll come out.

Up Hill Bill 07-03-2013 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by TrueNorth (Post 3924649)

It's the elusive 18mm socket thats the hard part!

Go check your socket set, bet you it jumps from 17 to 19mm. It's a conspiracy.

True! And ya' don't need a 19, it a perfect fit with a 3/4" socket... :banghead:

Sears has Craftsman 18 mm sockets. Bring your credit card.....

Rancho 07-03-2013 04:12 PM

A lot of cursing and an adult malt based beverage was consumed after I removed the rears to install a seat cover.

BadOleRoss 07-03-2013 04:25 PM

I used a 1/2" breaker bar and it really wasn't difficult.

relyt 07-03-2013 04:26 PM

Probably your best option if you're not much of a tool person and you're only using it just to remove this one bolt would be to check out harbor freight. They're not by any means top quality tools, but for a single socket and breaker bar for one project, they're absolutely the place I'd be shopping at.

120369 07-03-2013 04:45 PM

Forget Harbour Freight or Princess Auto

In Chinese that translates to:


Never, never ever buy off shore Chinese junk tools or anything else they make if you can find something better. Trouble is, with the North American race to the bottom, that's getting harder and harder to find.:surrender:

They are total crap. The breaker bar will probably snap in half and nearly kill you and put a giant howler in your Jeep.:eek:

Buy something decent. You can never have enough good tools and the less of their crap we buy, the more the manufacturing will come back to this side of the pond. Maybe!!!:nonono:

Too late for an old fart like me, but you youngsters may be screwed!! I've seen and used the good stuff and I've seen and used the Chinese crap!! Once!! Like the Who said, " WE WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN!!":whistling:

Alti Dude:dance:

relyt 07-03-2013 05:09 PM

I agree completely, but if he's wanting to stay under $20 and is only going to use the thing once, Harbor Freight is probably the only way to stay in budget unless he wants to wait for garage sales and hopes to stumble across something decent.

JeeperJake 07-03-2013 05:18 PM

I had to buy an 18mm socket for the driver under-seat security box install. I found a great single-item Cobalt 18mm deep socket at Lowes for about $6.00 and already had a longish breaker bar.

Neral22 07-03-2013 06:41 PM

I drove over to a local shop and asked em to use their air tools to loosen em ;) No way I was able to do it w/o an air tool. They had to take the small one back and bring out their big guns air hammer wrench :) I tipped him for his help.

gr8fulKID 07-03-2013 09:57 PM

IIRC, I had a problem with the bolts that were in the rear. The front bolts on the passenger and driver side were do able with a breaker bar/cheater bar, but the rear bolts needed a long extension, and I just couldn't pull it.

okie41 07-03-2013 10:34 PM

I used a Harbor Freight 110 volt electric impact ,the impacts will beat lots of bolts lose. Instead of tristing them off.

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