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skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

I really need to change my flywheel, teeth are wearing down and advance is tired of giving me new starters (lifetime!).

problem is, the drivers side skidplate bots are frozen. i popped the head off one trying to remove it to do the mounts last fall, so i decided to leave them and just removed the pass side and bent it down enough to get room to change the mounts.

I soaked them down in pb blaster, but my concern is if i pop the heads off the remaining two how i would reattach the skidplate? im thinking of just welding it up, but would like a less permanent solution. I havent tried a torch on them yet, as my tranny has a slight oil leak and the fuel return line is right there ands i like my record of 18 months without setting myself on fire.....

So who out there has some pure-t genius ideas for me?

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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

Drill the bolts out. Get all new bolts and reattach.

Did you try tapping them with a hammer, and then cranking away?

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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

Heat, PB Blaster, and an EZ out.
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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

Pull the engine and do it. Engines come out in about two hours. Takes a lot longer to fix all the bolts you will break. Reconnect the one you broke and leave the rest.
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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

depending on the length of shank that you will have left over after ripping off the heads of the bolts..

for my bumpers I had about 1/2"
so I cut the heads off the bolts, pulled off the bumper, then ground two sides of the bolt shank flat and stuck and adjustable wrench on it.. then a breaker bar.

worked for me.
4 out of 4

my buddy did it once and bent a MONSTER adjustable.. this thing is made of 1/2" steel at the handle...

but we did have like a 10 foot breaker on it and someone swinging on it.

damn that sucker was persistant..

It eventually came out with an impact. (reshaped the bolt head into a hex)
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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

Might I suggest staying as far away as possible from EZ outs. I've NEVER seen them work properly. They always just seem to break off, and are nearly impossible to drill out or remove after that.
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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

I'm a big fan of applying some tightening force to the bolt, after a good soaking. This does not work for a major stuck, but it works more often than you might think. You may get the bolt to move a fraction, but that can be enough to break the seal and allow you to take the bolt out.

PS: Don't go crazy with tourque, or it will just break like you were trying to remove it.
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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

What worked for me was some soaking w/ liquid wrench, then pushing up the skid plate with a jack, soaking some more, some hammering, some soaking, some hammering, then wrenching. If the bolt stopped turning, id soak and hammer it and resume. worked great for me (no busted bolts)
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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

Do you have a pnumatic impact wrench? its what got mine off...if you don't, let me know for a beer I'll slip over to Raleighwood with my compressor and wrench and give it a hit...
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Re: skidplate bolts stuck-suggestions?

yeah, ive got air tools here but would never turn down a helping hand. we always have beer too.....
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