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      10-29-2014, 06:21 PM   #1
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Need advice on getting that damn rear brace off!

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I simply can't get the 4x T50 torx bolts off to remove the rear brace in order to change the mid-pipes. Already went through 2 bits. Stripped one bit with an impact gun and broke one using a breaker bar (hah the irony.)

PB Blaster soaked in, hit it with a hammer a couple of times... any other ideas on how to get these bolts off?

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I'm not trying to be a jerk, but make sure you're turning them in the correct direction. They are only torqued to 18 ft/lb from the factory.
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      10-29-2014, 06:59 PM   #3
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It's definitely over tightened then. The impact gun has a little arrow indicated forward or reverse

Yes I agree it shouldn't be this difficult, or else it would be a 12 or 14mm bolt that has little chance of stripping.

I may drill them out and just replace them.
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I'm trying to remember if there's anything flammable around that plate (other than the fuel tank). If you're careful, you could try heating the bolts with a small propane torch. The heat expansion will help loosen the bolts and melt any loctite that may have been applied to the bolts.
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