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Old March 4th, 2016, 05:31 PM
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Broken Bolt Headache

A typical easy "easy project" turned into a headache today. Broke the end of this large bolt while trying to loosen it so I could install new side steps / running boards on the NAS 90.

Anyone know the size of this bolt so I can get a replacement or two in case the same thing happens on the other side?

The even bigger question: Will I be able to get this thing out in order to replace it without a lift and/or some creativity?

As always, your input is greatly appreciated.
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Old March 4th, 2016, 05:58 PM
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I've had luck with penetrating oil, then get some good heat on it with a plumbers torch, then a BFH. An air hammer would be even better.
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Old March 4th, 2016, 06:11 PM
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Anyone know the size of this bolt so I can get a replacement or two in case the same thing happens on the other side?
M12 x 180mm bolt
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Old March 4th, 2016, 10:00 PM
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Make sure to use a jack to lift the bulkhead to take the pressure off the bolt.
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Old March 4th, 2016, 10:16 PM
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Those always break. I have never gotten one out in one piece.

Try to spin the other end after soaking and heating. Be prepared for extreme measures (chisel it out and drill the sleeve). Reinstall with a ton of anti seize.
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Old March 4th, 2016, 11:15 PM
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Thanks for the info fellas. I'll post an update when I beat this thing. At dinner, my wife could tell I was pissed about something so I explained the situation about the broken bolt. We joked about the joys of owning a Defender and then she asked, "Are my hands small enough to be able to pull the bolt out?". Have to give her credit for caring. Hahaha.
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