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Old 01-12-2009, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anybody have any suggestions on how to remove the hinge screw/bolts on a 93' samurai tail gate? Tried Wd-40, Mac impact screw removal tool, broke several #1 phillips tips. Wanted to take a torch to it but seeing how it is by the fuel tank I thought I had better not. Any Ideas? Drill out and retap with a bigger bolt? Thom
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I pull my taigate off all the time with just un-bolting it. Yes they are tight to begin but should come off reasonably well with a proper driver. Worst case scenario use approx 1/4" drill bit and drill until the head of the bolt falls off and then use set of needlenose vice grips to remove the stud portion. I then used a set of bolts that are from a GM product (I can't remember which vehicle) that I bought at the local hardware store in a package. Good luck.
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Same as removing the screws for the doors. I have had the best luck with a hammer and cold chisel. Make a notch forcing the screw to turn counter clockwise and after it breaks loose you can use a #2 phillips. You can get some ideas from here:
ZNO Billet Hinges
Then replace the screws with metric bolts.

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Cold chisal worked like a charm, Thanks!
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a chizel worked for me too!
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