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Old 03-27-2016, 11:40 PM
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ok so this is gonna sounds really stupid...

I need to pull the bolts out of the bottom of my windshield brackets so I can put in some mirror relocator brackets. The bolts on mine were kinda painted over.. so I used a razor blade to dig them from under the paint. So far I have bent two torx bits trying to get these 4 bolts (2 on either side) out... and I haven't even loosened one up yet. Cant be this hard.. don't want to rap on them too much as the windshield is a mere inches away. Tried dousing them with PB blast, but I cant really get to the back of where they are bolted into. Suggestions would be great... Solutions would be even better.

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Old 03-28-2016, 12:17 AM   #2
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There is thread locker on them...

2 methods work:

Take a bit and tap with a hammer in center
Hair dryer to loosen up thread locker

There are many horror stories you can read about this, go slow, ensure your torx bit isn't in good order.. a bad torx bit can strip.

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Also while attempting to break them loose try using a breaker bar and have someone hit the head with a hammer while you pull on it.
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If you can, apply heat. My hinges are black so they were easy to repaint. Also I used a impact driver. The type you hit with a hammer.
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Good suggestions above.
Heat the bolts with a heat gun and then use an impact driver.
A heat gun makes more heat than a hair dryer. The heat gun and probably the impact driver should be available at Harbor Freight and for sure from your Snap On dealer.

Also, IMPORTANT, use the correct sized bit. A too small bit will only strip the teeth in the bolt head.

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Or remove the bumper buy a new jeep and put your bumper on... Problem solved

Seriously though spend the $$ to get good quality Torx bits. Feel free to get an impact and heat gun from harbor freight. BUT NOT THE TORX BIT
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Just replaced my hinges. It was a struggle. LM has good suggestions. Have a great deal of patience.
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Seriously though spend the $$ to get good quality Torx bits. Feel free to get an impact and heat gun from harbor freight. BUT NOT THE TORX BIT
I don't usually buy Snap On tools. I have mostly Craftsman wrenches and sockets with a vast array of other manufacturers tools. I spend what is necessary to get the job done. Why spend more?
I have Blue Point (Snap On) hole saws and a Snap On Multi Meter.
And I also have Snap On TORX BITS. Yes, they are a bit more expensive but they don't break as often as the less expensive ones.

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If you can, apply heat. My hinges are black so they were easy to repaint. Also I used a impact driver. The type you hit with a hammer.
This is the best way that I know how to do it.
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ive had luck with the breaker bar and a buddy tapping with hammer on the breaker bar head on top of the bolt. if that doesnt work. penetrating and a heat gun will be the next step! also good to get torx bits with lifetime warranties! i know ive twisted off many a torx bit on my rusty 91 wrangler... good time and good luck!
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I twisted one torx bit already.. time to go get another one. Bought the heat gun. heck I don't care if I burn off the paint there, I was planning on painting the hinges black when all was said and done anyway. Going out to get the impact driver today. Let the fun begin!

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