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I need some help! About a year ago I installed my factory backrest mount and completely overtightened the cap head screws. Now I’m looking to change seats and cannot get the screws out. They are completely stripped. I tried using some extraction bits but they only seemed to round it out more. I’m at a loss…. Any help or suggestions are appreciated. I have attached a couple pictures for reference.
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It’s such a small space. I can’t get anything on it to grip the outside of the bolt. Vice grips. Channel locks. Nothing will get a good purchase.
 

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You should be able to clamp them with a vise grip with them vertical. Mash them on as tight as you can(two hands at least) them use a heavy screw driver in the handle to turn. If you attempt to weld anything on the studs make sure to disconnect the battery at least. Good luck!
 

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You should be able to clamp them with a vise grip with them vertical. Mash them on as tight as you can(two hands at least) them use a heavy screw driver in the handle to turn. If you attempt to weld anything on the studs make sure to disconnect the battery at least. Good luck!
I can’t even get my vice grips on the head. I’m gonna have to go look tomorrow to see if I can get something else.
 

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Screw extractors should be drilled into the shank of the bolt, not the head. If you can’t get them with vice grips you have a few options. Drill the head of the bolt off, then use extractors. Use a dremel to cut a slit in head to use a flathead screwdriver or drill through the bolt to weaken then twist with a punch or chisel.
 

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Can you get a small hacksaw blade a cut a line on the top so you can get a flathead screw driver to turn them out? If you have a welder, can tac weld a small hex nut right on top and use the welded nut to spin whole thing out?
If you can weld a nut on the heat will also release the locktight that's giving you the issue!
 

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I’m gonna have to try welding a nut to it. Hopefully there is enough left to get a solid weld. Tried the hack saw. Tried a dremel. Tried the extraction bits again. Tried to use different Vice pliers, needle nose, or channel locks. Just doesn’t seem to be doing anything. Wish me luck…
 

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The screw extractor, with a proper depth and diameter of drilled hole, and an impact driver is about all that will work, The Chinese screw metal is too soft even if you could slot it, so that won’t work. The fastener is too small to weld a nut too, you will only anneal the metal and make it softer, so it will probably just snap when you try to loosen it.
Use the extractor.
 

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Get yourself a good set of new drill bits that you know are sharp (not harbor freight) and start the hole with the smaller ones. As someone said here you need to get the shank drilled first. Then use progressively larger ones to make the hole large enough to fit the extractor in.
 

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Try sharp left handed drill bits which may be tough as you are not centered on the bolt if that doesnt work you will have to weld a nut that just fits over whats left of the bolt head and hope for the best
 

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Such a victory sure feels good, don’t it?


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Such a sigh of relief. So frustrating in the moment. Hard time sleeping because it was on my mind. Then boom, done. I can breathe. Haha
 
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