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Post Broken seat bracket bolts
I broke the 2 bolts that hold the passenger side rear seat bracket on. I tried drilling them out.  Now both bolts have broken bits in them. I get see the welded nuts underneath. My plan is to remove the welded nuts and replace them with grade 8 bolts with lock nuts. What's the best way to remove the welded nuts if you don't have access to a welder or torch?

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Post Re: Broken seat bracket bolts
A bigger drill bit.

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Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:40 am
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Post Re: Broken seat bracket bolts
Thin cutting blade on a grinder.....maybe?  :idea:

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Post Re: Broken seat bracket bolts
Find the spot welds and drill out. Flat chisel  them free or cutting wheel free...

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Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:47 pm
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Post Broken seat bracket bolts
I put a socket/ratchet on the welded nuts, applied some pressure and they popped right off. I always make things tougher than they need to be.

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Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:55 pm
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Post Re: Broken seat bracket bolts
I have this problem on my yj. My brother snapped them and i want the rear seat in there. Hopefully they are easy to reach like your tj.

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Post Re: Broken seat bracket bolts
Just a little bolt triva grade 8 bolts are hardened and will shear or snap when subjected to sideloading. I would use grade 5 on seat mounts they bend before snapping.
And try a carbide drill bit on the broken bits in the hole. Drill slow.
Good luck.


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