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    How the frick...

    ...do you remove this dag-on IC bolt???



    I tried taking it off about two weeks ago, but me, and a much beefier buddy of mine, had absolutely no luck in even making it budge I need to take it off to I can try and lower the IC so it'll stop rubbing against the damn hood! Driving me crazy.
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    I can't see the pic if you have one on the post. But are you referring to the 2 bolts ? One on each side of the IC ? On the bracket ? Should be a 12mm or 13mm last I remember. Put some wd40 on them, wait 15 minutes. Let yur gorilla of a friend take a rip at it. Post a pic if I am way off.
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    That looks like an aftermarket IC to me, does the bolt have a washer or locking ring on the wrong way or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzr2874 View Post
    I can't see the pic if you have one on the post. But are you referring to the 2 bolts ? One on each side of the IC ? On the bracket ? Should be a 12mm or 13mm last I remember. Put some wd40 on them, wait 15 minutes. Let yur gorilla of a friend take a rip at it. Post a pic if I am way off.
    Yes, it's the two bolts on either side. I can't believe I didn't think of WD40.. I'll have to pick some up sometime this week.

    Quote Originally Posted by lordcon View Post
    That looks like an aftermarket IC to me, does the bolt have a washer or locking ring on the wrong way or something?
    Yes, it's aftermarket. I'm pretty sure only the top nut actually comes off. I think the other end (it's like, squarish, if I remember correct?) doesn't move. Well, at least I couldn't get it to.




    Do you all think maybe just some WD40, some patience, and Hercules strength would maybe solve this?
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    Put some WD40 on the one that's not circled, and try to remove that one. Then you can more easily bend the bracket to your needs (while still attached to the intercooler)

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    Is this a trick question? What tools are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    Is this a trick question? What tools are you using?
    Socket and wrenches, etc.
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    You want penetrating oil, not WD-40. Aerokroil or something like that will work much better than WD-40. That being said, generally penetrating oil is only going to help with a rusted bolt. That thing is obviously not rusted at all. How long is the wrench you're using? Standard 6" handle? If so, go to a longer handle. You and your buddy are obviously weaklings that need more leverage.

    Have you tried tapping the wrench with a hammer? You should also try a box end wrench instead of the socket wrench. You get better leverage with a box wrench since there's no give in it like there is in a socket wrench. Use the box wrench and a hammer to whack the end of it and I bet it'll come right off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    You want penetrating oil, not WD-40. Aerokroil or something like that will work much better than WD-40. That being said, generally penetrating oil is only going to help with a rusted bolt. That thing is obviously not rusted at all. How long is the wrench you're using? Standard 6" handle? If so, go to a longer handle. You and your buddy are obviously weaklings that need more leverage.

    Have you tried tapping the wrench with a hammer? You should also try a box end wrench instead of the socket wrench. You get better leverage with a box wrench since there's no give in it like there is in a socket wrench. Use the box wrench and a hammer to whack the end of it and I bet it'll come right off.
    Deeper penetration force? Now that's what I'm talking about!

    Thanks for the tips and advice I tried using a longer wrench, but the handle was too long to get down in there. Hammer idea is good - I'll try that. I was just afraid of stripping the nut or the actual socket itself.

    And, yes, I'm a weakling @ 6'2" 150 haha but my friend isn't. I was actually stunned that he couldn't do it (with sleeves rolled up and smoking a pipe and all).
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    3/8" extended handle ratchet, 9 inch extension, deep socket, and an extended box end wrench on the head of the bolt jammed up against the firewall. Use the correct tools, and your job will be easy. There are probably 15 other ways to remove it other than this one, and the method you are using. If you can't get past this, maybe you should drop it at a shop.

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    You're forgetting a few beers will also help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    3/8" extended handle ratchet, 9 inch extension, deep socket, and an extended box end wrench on the head of the bolt jammed up against the firewall. Use the correct tools, and your job will be easy. There are probably 15 other ways to remove it other than this one, and the method you are using. If you can't get past this, maybe you should drop it at a shop.
    Thanks TR. I'll see if I can scrounge those tools together from friends (sucks being away at college) if what Teflon said fails.

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    You're forgetting a few beers will also help.
    Always does
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