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Old 03-16-2018, 10:33 AM
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Removing bolts from window frame

I am trying to install a smithy built rack on my 1992 Jeep yj, but when I try to remove the bolts from the hinges on the window frame they just spin, how do they come out

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I believe the 4 screws on the lower part of the hinge have nuts behind them if that is what you're talking about. Upper 4 come right out.

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Had do I get to the nuts if that is the case
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For the easiest access to the nuts, pull the dash.
I expect most Jeepers will look for an alternative first.

Due to the aggravation factor, I'd just go ahead and pull the dash.
From many reports, you'll find hardened caulking on the nuts that needs to be chipped/peeled off before you can even put a socket on the nut.

It's like replacing the dash speakers. It can be done without pulling the dash, but it's so much easier with the dash out that I don't bother to try with the dash in place.

Let us know what you do and if you find an easy way without pulling the dash.

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I went to the Smittybilt website and searched 'roof rack'. I clicked on the instructions for '87-'95. The instructions show a TJ. Apparently TJ has a nut plate.
I wonder how many roof racks Smittybilt would sell to YJ owners if they stated in the instructions that you have to pull the dash to install the rack.

I expect that with some contortions a person might access the nuts without pulling the dash, but as I stated above, I'd cut to the chase and pull the dash without trying to twist my poor old bod into shapes it doesn't want to get into.

I haven't had to remove my windshield frame lower bolts, but I have had my dash out several times and I seem to remember hex nuts rather than a nut plate that the instructions show.

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I put the Smittybuilt rack on my 90 YJ and there were individual oval nut plates on the screws covered in semi-hardened mastic. Pulling the dash is the only reasonable approach. The installation is a PITA, took me three days, but the rack is a good solid accessory once you get it installed.

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