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Marcwakefield22 07-10-2013 12:59 PM

I got some off road lights to mount on the side of my windshield but I went to take the brackets off to put the new ones on to mount the lights and one or two of the bolts are almost stripped and I tried getting the other ones off and they are torqued on so tight not even a drill will get them off. How am I supposed to get them off??

SinfulDragon 07-10-2013 01:05 PM

I think most end up with a broken bolt and an easy out set that pisses them off until they just drill it out.
You can try to set the bit in the TORX and hit it a couple times with a hammer to try to free the threads as I'm pretty sure there is locktight on them from the factory.

Marcwakefield22 07-10-2013 01:44 PM

So I'm basically just gonna have to drill them out regardless?

Brit Nick 07-10-2013 02:14 PM

try a little heat, I got a small bernzomatic from my local auto parts store.
Worked like a charm :thumb:

Marcwakefield22 07-10-2013 07:22 PM

Alright ill try that first ha. Thanks

MosesTJ 07-10-2013 07:39 PM

There are screw removal sets you could try. I have one that will get then out.

flflash 07-10-2013 07:39 PM

Every Jeeper should own one of these Manual Hammer Impact Driver Tool Heavy Duty | eBay And a Quality set of Torx Bits.

MosesTJ 07-10-2013 07:49 PM

They also work on some foreign car rotors. Great tool to have.

Marcwakefield22 07-11-2013 08:32 AM

Yea a guy I work with has an impact wrench we are going to try today ha

JeepWingnut 07-11-2013 08:39 AM


Originally Posted by Marcwakefield22 (Post 3949903)
Yea a guy I work with has an impact wrench we are going to try today ha

A trick I've learned is burning a birthday candle and letting the wax run into the threads. Acts like a lube. Usually will just come right out. (75% of the time) :wavey:

Jerry Bransford 07-11-2013 08:59 AM

Those bolts are held in by Locktite & the odds are VERY high you'll just strip the bolt head's torx opening if you try to bust it loose with an impact wrench.

The only sure-fire way to get those bolts out is to get them hot enough to melt/release the Locktite on the bolt threads. One way to do that is to insert just the torx bit into the bolt & heat the bit with a torch so the heat travels into the bolt & releases the Locktite... which is my preferred method.

I gave up using an impact wrench on those particular bolts years ago due to the bolt heads stripping, and the fact my torx-bit snapped once & the broken bit then danced across the door's paint during the split second it took me to release the impact wrench's trigger.

MosesTJ 07-11-2013 11:07 AM

There is no trigger. You just hold the tool on the bolt with appropriate head and hit it with a hammer. It barely spins and the torque loosens the bolt. It's manual not pnuematic.

Marcwakefield22 07-12-2013 12:14 PM

Well I got them all mounted up and working! I didn't have to heat the bolts up, the impact wrench did just fine. I had one bolt that we had to drill out but it was already stripped before I started. We could get the stud out though :/ but all in all I am very pleased with everything. I got them through Chris at truck add ons he has a thread on here selling the LEDs CHEAP. And I highly recommend them. They have great customer service and a very good product.

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The only problem I have is when they are on my radio is all staticky and stuff.. Is there any way to fix that?

Jerry Bransford 07-12-2013 12:55 PM


Originally Posted by MosesTJ (Post 3950429)
There is no trigger. You just hold the tool on the bolt with appropriate head and hit it with a hammer. It barely spins and the torque loosens the bolt. It's manual not pnuematic.

There is of course no trigger on a manual impact tool but there certainly is on an air impact wrench. And while the manual/hammer actuated impact tool you suggest may work at times, it's certainly not going to work when a more powerful air impact wrench won't... I have and use both types where appropriate.

For those particular bolts, which are held in place by permanent form of Locktite which requires heat to release, you'd likely be a frustrated guy after trying either tool for even an extended period of time. Heat applied through the bolt as described above so the Locktite will release its grip is the best way of getting those bolts out. Once the Locktite has been heated sufficiently, even a small 3/8" ratchet wrench will then easily remove the bolts.

Trying to bust those particular bolts loose with nothing more than force is just not the right way to do it, bolts held in with that form of Locktite should be heated first. Using nothing but an impact tool is like trying to open a lock with a BFH instead of a key. Sure it'll work given time & enough force but the BFH is more likely to damage something when a simple key could be used instead without extra work, the chance of collateral damage, or stripping the bolt head out.

brs256 07-12-2013 01:18 PM

link to the leds you bought?

Marcwakefield22 07-12-2013 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by brs256 (Post 3954877)
link to the leds you bought?

" 6"- 50" LED lightbars for CHEAP!!!" Is the thread name. Idk how to link it from my phone and it isn't letting me use a screen shot right now. It says I've gone over my quota? But jut search that thread name and you should be able to find it pretty easy. It's also in the vendor section of the forum

5spdftw 07-12-2013 05:40 PM

Here you go.

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