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Rebuild kit came today!

Hopefully I can get out to the garage tonight
 
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Following for the clever name only.
 
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:47 PM
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Following for the clever name only.
Yeah, I've always been really good at coming up with cool names for stuff lol
 
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:52 PM
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So, I've managed to strip all four of these Allen screws out. Y'all got any tricks to get them out?
 
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May have to drill the heads off, take the plate off and see if there is enough to get a hold of to get them out. I have started to hold a soldering iron on the heads of any factory fasteners for a minute or two. I've found that will soften any factory thread lock compound so you have a better chance of getting them out.
 
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:27 PM
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Yeah, I need to pick up a small torch for heating things up like that.

I'm taking it to my buddies house tomorrow, he has a welder. Gonna try welding some old/cheap Allen wrenches in the holes and breaking them loose with a cheater
 
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Originally Posted by cleburne red View Post


So, I've managed to strip all four of these Allen screws out. Y'all got any tricks to get them out?
Try laying a piece of rubber band over it before inserting the tool. It provides enough extra compression/friction to help get some stubborn ones out. The bands that come on broccoli work pretty great since they're nice and thick.
 
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Old 03-09-2019, 03:31 PM
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So, managed to get all four of the bolts out. My buddy has a welder (same one that made the relay panel and all the switches for me) so we welded an Allen key into the bolt. Lightly tapped it with a hammer, and the allem key just twisted off. The welds held, the actual Allen key itself sheared. Tried that twice, same result.
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We tried welding a nut to the head, but he couldn't get it to stick.

I was about ready to give up and start drilling, when he welded a bolt to it. That actually worked, and we got all four out!


So, I've since replaced all those bolts. Might not use as much thread locker as GM did when I go back, though!

Also, I'm plugging off the hole for the tcase switch, since I've got a posi lock setup (probably go to a bravada axle shaft soon) the bolt seems to be an M16x1.5. I found a drain plug that size. It's still a little long, I'll probably just stack a couple flat washers under the bolt head, as opposed to trying to cut it.
 
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A torch and a welder are two of my favorite tools! Like I said a good soldering iron works great for heating fasteners to soften thread locker compounds as does a small butane torch. I switched to the soldering iron when I got into RC vehicles as they are mostly plastic.
 

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