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    Bolt removal problem

    I decided to paint my mirrors and removed the assembly from the ski. I tried to remove the adapter from the base of the mirror. There is a single bolt that runs through the adapter into the mirror housing where a captured nut retains it. PROBLEM is I got the bolt loose a couple of turns then one of the plastic tangs that captures the nut in the mirror assembly broke off it now turns freely much to my dismay. Rather than toss the thing I was looking for anyones thoughts on somehow holding that nut still in order to get the thing off. My best idea so far was to have someone use a stick welder to weld it to the nut, leave the rod attached and use it for added leverage / jamb it between the case in order to remove. Anyone have any other ideas?


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    Cut the head off the bolt and work on it off the ski -- buy new nut and bolt when you plan on reinstalling or weld the head back onto the bolt if you are on a budget...

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    The bolt is #70 it is a 6mm stainless monster. I cut the head off and thought I was gonna get the bolt thru but cant I now have a headless bolt with a captured nut that spins freely. I even tried putting some jb weld between the case and the nut in the hopes it would jam itself in there and allow me to extract the bolt but no go. I have a new bolt already but still need to get it out. I think I'm gonna have someone weld onto the nut and see if I can back it out that way.
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    that fastener is a 8 X 1.25 if I am not mistaken.

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    Yup it WAS an 8mm. I finally got to it! I pried the mirror off and was able to get the entire assembly out of the way. That stinkin bolt was soo tight in there but thankfully it's GONE!

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    try these next time...they work like a charm!
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...P?sid=BVReview

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    Airborne,

    Got a set. Problem was the captured nut that I couldn't access was spinning freely on the inside of the mirror. I had to get to the mirror and didn't immediately realize that I could remove the glass and further disassemble the mirror to get to it but when I finally got to it it was easier but boy was that sucker jammed on tight!!!

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