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    Seat bolts... Proper rounded!

    As above, trying to remove the seat bolts on the front and passenger, I've rounded them, used expensive bits, a long arm wrench, penetrating spray and a good old long arm wrench. But the worst still happened. I need my nice new seats in, so what are my options?what's the easiest, surest way to proceed? Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Also if I have to destroy the bolts does anyone know what size they are so I can have spares ready? Thanks in advance.
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    in worst case you can drill the heads off them mate and once you get the seats out there should be no pressure on the screw and it "should " be loose , failing that could you weld a nut onto the head . i had to drill mine out a while back

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    Same as me! Amazing how some people land in the same situ!

    I'm going to see if I can weld a allen key into the hole at work tomorrow and get the bugger out that way, then go to a scrappy and whip a bolt out to replace it.



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    its fairly easy to drill em out . once the head is off the bolt is not clamping anythin so it should just wind out

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    But they ate hardened bolts? Meaning hardened bits needed?

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    nah they aint hardend mate i got through em easy with a hss bit , dint even need to start threatening em with the sintered carbide bits .
    there probably 12 rate cap heads at the most

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    Hi some are easy , some are not, its the rotten thread locktight stuff they use, gawd knows they're not going to go anywhere!! done it been there i sawed mine off, n welded seats in,

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    I did exactly the same on my seats, dont drill them out yet. Do that as a last resort.

    I used a file and chisel to turn the bolt and give a flat side, then bray a socket onto the top of the bolt and keep turning it in small movements keeping it level.

    Got two of mine out that way

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    And anyway if i remember correctly you cant drill them out as the seat is in the way.


    Id recommed replacing them with normal m6 bolts, not torx bolts. They always round off.

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    i drilled mine out with the seats in , just need to drill through the head where it meets the stem of the bolt. i remember them being a little bigger than m6 too . id agree on not using the torx bolts , they are just dog****

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