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Anyone know how to remoe a stripped Torx head bolt? The one thats holding the seatbelt retractor to the body tub, it's a *$%#%$# to get at with vise grips (or any other tool for that matter).


Any Suggestions?


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some heat and a bolt extractor...

Hardware store should sell them...you drill a hole in the stripped bolt and insert the extractor with a drill and back it out of there. That's what I would think of...

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hammer a larger bit it, hammer a wide blade type screwdriver in, grind a slot to put a wide blade type screwdriver in, drill hole and use bolt extracter. apply ford precision alignment tool(sledge hammer of minumum 10lb weight) at any opportunity of course


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Originally posted by crazyguy:
hammer a larger bit it
And then weld it in place and turn it. The heat will help to loosen it a lot.


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I don't know why people always expect screw extractors to work.
Think about it. The bolt head stripped out because the bolt is seized in place. You couldnt remove it with the correct tool so the head stripped out. Now we go and drill a hole in it and insert a backwards threaded screw extracter that has a fraction of the strength that the original bolt head did, you expect that to work?
Its gonna break off guaranteed, and then you're in trouble cause now you've just got a piece of metal harder than any drill bit known to man. Thats a problem.

The real solution is to weld a big nut to the top of the stipped out bolt. But first soak the threads in WD40 three times a day for a week.



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OK. I managed to drill the bolt head off so I can remove the seatbelt retractor. How do I get rid of the remaining stud? (threads are seriously seized)

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Dan, relax...

Why would they make a tool called an extractor in the first place if it didn't work for someone?



The bolts I've had stick on me came out with an extractor and some heat. Of course I didn't use WD-40...I used either Pyroil or Liquid Wrench (non-flammable variety) instead.

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Oh it does work in some cases, when the bolt threads aren't seized, but this obviously isnt the case.

Cutting torch, the solution to all my problems.

Hey Phil my winch is installed, I'll have pics posted tonight.

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Dan, when we wheeling then?

I'm debating taking a week off work and coming up there alone...leaving the gf behind.


Did that bolt come off, buddy?

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As soon as I get a front diff, I've beat the body back into almost square again, got a t-case together and the exhaust straightened out, but I'm still running around with a 2wd front axle.

Scanning in pics right now of the Damage from the crash, and of my new winch mount.

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I managed to borrow some sweet drill bits from a friend an drilled the SOB out! Now I just need to tap the hole and put it back together again.


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Originally posted by ichris4x4:
I managed to borrow some sweet drill bits from a friend an drilled the SOB out! Now I just need to tap the hole and put it back together again.


Youre lucky its only your seatbelt. My problem is that I keep breaking my Torx wrenches trying to take out my windshield hinge bolts! I cant heat it up cuz it will wreck the paint. Im not sure if i want to weld!

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Originally posted by jeepFREAK:
Youre lucky its only your seatbelt. My problem is that I keep breaking my Torx wrenches trying to take out my windshield hinge bolts! I cant heat it up cuz it will wreck the paint. Im not sure if i want to weld!
Use a Dremel to cut a notch in them and then put a huge screwdriver bit into the notch and use an impact driver (the kind you hit with a hammer) to back it out. Soaking it with penetrating fluid before hand would be a really good idea.

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Originally posted by jeepFREAK:
Youre lucky its only your seatbelt. My problem is that I keep breaking my Torx wrenches trying to take out my windshield hinge bolts! I cant heat it up cuz it will wreck the paint. Im not sure if i want to weld!

Erik
Me too! Those bolts are the worst! I couldn't get one bolt out of either side and I broke a few bits just getting that far.



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Broke three torx bits trying to remove a set of those windshield bolts to install a light bar. Had to call in the Snap-On guy for a bit that wouldn't break.



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i broke five torx bits trying to get my bumper off, finally i just cut the thing off
and now only use three to hold my bumper on.
 

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ROTFLMAO...............thanks for the laugh.

I have done that before too....I feel your pain.


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after you get the torx heads out, use an impact hammer the kind you hit like he said, you are better off using stainless steel bolts to put you hard ware back on
 

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Sorry to say but some of you guys are a sad bunch breaking all your bits. First of all a bolt extractor is old school. Craftsman make a new bit to take-out stripped, rusted, seized bolts and screws. And for all you guys that seem to break stuff the bits are garenteded for life along with all their other products.Remeber use a lot of penatrating oil and let it soak in first and if worst comes to worst show'em who's boss and (don't blow torch that's old school too) plasma the sucker
 
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