|While Torx bolts have their purpose in life,
there are some cases where a Torx Bolt shouldn't have been used.
you've every had the pleasure of coming across a rusted Torx bolt (they
actually call it a screw) that simply
would not budge, you might also have had the pleasure of stripping one out.
Now your left with frustration wondering how you are going to get that bolt out
and preserve the threads.
yet, on some vehicles these Torx bolts are used in areas where the Torx bolt
is going to collect dirt, debris and moisture to rust away the center of the
Torx bolt. Not to mention the threads down below. A prime example
of this is the base of the Jeep roll bar where the later CJ-7 roll bar
attaches to the floor.
Glensky from Royersford PA recently fought this battle and sends in a good tip
that helped him remove a most stubborn Torx bolt.
Keith was trying to remove the roll bar to do some work
on the floor and couldn't get the Torx bolts out (the Torx tool slipping out
of hole, probably stripped, and the threads were heavily rusted on the back), so Keith bought some
nuts that were .75 inch OD and just welded them on to the top of the bolts as
straight as he could, let them cool a few minutes and then hit them with an
impact wrench. This worked pretty well and was surprisingly simple.