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Grill screw removal ??

I'm preparing for a 410 grill swap and am having loads of fun removing those infamous Suzuki screws. I have all but 2 out (the ones by the body mounts). Any ideas on removing them without destroying the 413 grill? I won't be using the 413 grill and I want to keep it intack so Pug and I can do a write up on the 410 grill swap. I figured to get those screws out now so when we take the pics, the swap won't take a week of Sundays. Thanks.... Any ideas will be entertained (short of dynamite).......

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when i removed mine,i used an air grinder to cut a slot straight across big and deep enough for a large flat-blade screw-driver,the heat from cutting seemed to help the screws break loose.
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Be careful. I had a couple that simply would not budge and the sheetmetal of the grill/fender gave way before the screw did.

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If you got time and small sharp pointed high carbon chisel
small hammer I see guys tap rusted screws out with no heads
that I deemed impossible to remove, but it ain't easy.

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Crowhorse,
Cut a slot in the screw head straight across and use a chisel to tap it out. Be careful not to tap it really hard,unless it doesn't want to move.This removal method is like using an impact wrench and seems to work well on stubborn screws like these and the door hinge screws.
Hope this helps,ROB

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Re: Grill screw removal ??

Crow,

The groove and big a$$ flathead has worked for me. So has these solutions:

1) Impact driver (but usually dents things)
2) Good Visegrips. Grab the outer edges of the screw in the mouth of the grips real well and spin away! I've had good luck with that.
3) Air chisel. Get it to dig in on the edge and hit it till is starts to spin. Use a phillips after that.

But most important for slaty road drivers like us, use lota gizzle! Soak it over night and that will help removal.

Good luck and you'll love the 410 grille~

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Heat it up with a propane torch, they where assembled with a thread locker. You will need to bubble the
paint. but then they will come out. I just had to do this on 1/3 of my Targa bar.

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Re: Grill screw removal ??

Thanks guys! I used every combination of the above suggestions and finally got them all out without any major loss of blood. Got the grill on .....but...... Even after spacing the hood catch out, it still needs to be moved forward more and it's just at the most forward part of the space for it. Would grinding away part of the grill be in order to allow for it to come forward more?
The grill looks really cool!

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