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Help removing stripped/sheared bolts

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by jtnyc, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. Apr 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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    jtnyc

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    I was removing the bed rail bolts to install my new tonneau cover, but I had these 3 bad bolts :mad::

    This one still has the head on, but won't turn. I tried to score a line, but it still won't turn. The bolt itself feels really soft and the material keeps stripping. Unfortunately, I went out and bought a bolt extractor from Harbor Freight (or easyout/Grabit) but the extractor head broke off inside the bolt.
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    This one the head sheared off, leaving just the bolt stem in the rivet nut (?) I thought maybe the extractor head broke off the other one because it was a cheapy from Harbor Freight, so I went down to ACE and bought the Grabit (a lot more expensive), but the extractor head broke off in the stem too.

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    This one is from the tool box. The head sheared off, but I can see the back of the bolt stem. I tried turning it with a vise grip, but it won't turn. Having stripped the other bolts, I didn't want to do any more damage to it by shearing off the rear end too.

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    Any suggestions would be awesome!

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2013
  2. Apr 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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    jshsltr

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    Die grinder? The first two pictures arent showing up.
     
  3. Apr 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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    Grind the head of the bolt off if it has a nut and not in threaded blind hole.

    Grind the head to a useable shape

    Drill and use extractor, drill and drill and drill
     
  4. Apr 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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    I guess I can probably grind off the rivet nut... maybe put a new rivet nut in? Any idea what size it is? I know the torx head is a T-30
     
  5. Apr 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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    After trying to remove the bolt by center punch. drilling, and easy-out. I drilled out the nut on the bed rail and used a longer same diameter bolt and put a lock washer and nut on the inside of the bed rail. I used stainless allen head bolts. I also replaced all bed rail bolts with same.
     
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  6. Apr 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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    was hoping to retain the original nut if possible... but looks like I may have to drill it out like you did. thanks
     
  7. Apr 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM
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    Updated the links for the first 2 pics. Hopefull they show up now.
     
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