Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: desert near Tucson
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Re: They Broke my FJ, Where to go from Here?
+1 on anti-seize on the bolts, but I guess it is late for that advice.
I would spray the broken-off bolts with your choice of PB Blaster, trans fluid and acetone, or the like, bang it lightly with a hammer, and let it sit for a few days of driving around. Repeat for a few cycles. Then use a new and quality drill bit to drill the center out for an easy-out to back the bolt out. By my experience, the best remedy is just giving the spray some time to work, rather than expecting results in the first five minutes.
If the piece won't come out, drill it out and retap with an appropriate size. Good advice on the stainless steel hardware.
My opinion is that removing the skids, inspection and lube underneath, and re-goo-ing the bolts is a part of having a built vehicle.
Slide your floor jack under the skid, remove six bolts, drop it an slide it out of the way. We are talking about maybe four minutes of trouble. I used to HATE emptying the dishwasher. Loathed it for years. Then I TIMED how long it actually took. So much fuss over 45 seconds!
Access port? That is where the big rock will snag your skid plate and shove it backward, bending all of the mounting bolts. Relocate the oil filter if it is a big issue.