Omg help messed up my door hinge torx bolt

  1. Arterius2

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    what size bit did you use?
     
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    Well, after looking at this thread, I will ensure that if I ever need to take one of these bolts out, I am going to go buy a high quality bit and use an impact driver with a lot of pressure and go slow.

    I do not normally fuck up bolts and such, but when I do, I usually weld a real nut to the top of said fucked up bolt or nut so I can get good wrench on it.
     
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    Be careful as not to damage the door. I would replace them all with some black after market bolts that don't strip as easy. Not sure if you can get Grade 8 bolts but I would at least give it a try.
     
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    I was using an (admittedly cheap) T50 bit for a 3/8" drive from Tractor Supply, and that failed. I ended up buying a good -- lifetime guarantee impact driver -- kit on sale from Canadian Tire and it came out first shot (with a POP!). I think I'm going to put some anti-seize on the new bolts when I do my pre-winter service. I don't plan to remove them for any reason, but I'm sure the steps with get damaged or rusty while I still own the Jeep!

    Before anyone argues, the door and hood bolts are T50. The tailgate bolts - those are T55. There's a huge difference in size.

    Oh, And Smittybilt has now included aluminum conical washers that go behind the brackets to keep the hinges properly in place. I haven't seen any documentation about it, but I was pleased to see them! They are not shown in any photos or videos, but must have been added when they were confirmed fitting on the JL.

    So, at least now I can get to my THULE box a lot easier!

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    can I ask where you bought your steps? I know a few places have them, including Amazon, but would like to get the new washers. Lots of places may have old inventory. Northridge 4x4 doesn’t even have it listed as compatible for the JL. Figure I’ll order from where you did to get the new washers unless anyone knows of a brick and mortar near Portland, OR I can get in person.
     
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    I was not aware of the new washers either. Even the instructions that came with it did not mention them. Mine were purchased from Amazon.ca, sold by Amazon. It's really going to depend on age of stock, like you said. The package is plastic clamshell, so I'm not even sure you can see the hardware before you open it...
     
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    I was in this exact situation a few days ago! The good news is that the Atlas steps provides new longer (black) bolts, so you don't need the jeep ones in the door anymore. The bad news is they're an absolute witch to get out. We drilled it out, then removed the door and gently twisted until the hinge came off. The head was actually broken at the front, and from there we could easily remove the bolt.

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    I think I'd just open the door and stand on the seat :)
     
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    Impact driver on an aluminium door?
     
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    That exactly what happened to me. For now, I put some paint on it and am waiting until I am ready to install it later... it's stupid but pretty much you have to hammer in the torx and then put lot of pressure on it before turning. You can do it yourself but have to have the hammer ready...
     
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    Yes--your dealer can order it.
    My Jeep came with one bolt missing and they ordered one my color and screwed it when I was there for an oil change. No biggy...
     
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    I’ve been dealing with this the last few days. Stripped one factory bolt. I drilled into it and the head popped off and was able to drill and push the remainder through. Installing the new ones, a head popped right off without torquing so I think I’m going to buy some zinc black oxide hex head bolts so I can torque them without worrying about stripping.
     
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    ive posted this twice. and i see someone found the kit on amazon. the hand impact and a rubber mallet t50 will get this out without anything issues. But i Suggest using a name brand torque bit not a harbor freight. it will save you a ton in the long run.
     
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