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    Default So fed up.....

    .. I could cry. Well, almost.

    To the point. I have a facelift Exclusive. Been looking around for an sri interior for a few weeks, when Paulhb offers his for sale. Mett at 7am this morning, loaded my car and travelled home after coffee and a good chat.
    Went to Halfords for a T40 and T45 bit, and vauxhall for a new seat clip for the rear bench (£9 inc VAT!!), nad drove home full of anticipation and eagerness for the "hour long" job of swapping over. Disconnected the battery, made a coffee, and attacked the rears. Side bolsters were a bit of effort, but got them off and put the sri in. Great, rear cup holders and centre headrest.
    Then the problems began. Took the bolt of the drivers side rail, closest to the door, easy as pie. Went for the one the other side, one twist, it loosened, then rounded the head. Much cursing ensued, followed by another coffee, and on to the passenger side, thinking "I'll come back to that in a bit". Undid the first bolt, closest to the middle of the car, easy. Went for the door side one, twisted, loosened, rounded.
    Had a look on here for ways of getting them off, and went to a local engineering firm we use from work. Got replacement bolts, with allen key heads, and was told the same as on here - drill it. I've drilled the passenger side one for an hour and a half, and it still not deep enough to get the ecxctractor in they lent me. Haven't attempted the drivers side, far too annoyed and fed up.
    I know have an sri rear, and exclusive fronts.
    What are my options? The engineering place said about cutting the rail, which would render the seats useless, but if it gets them out I'll do it. But, even if the rail is cut, I still can't get to the bolt. These bolts are serious heavy duty, and have that blue threadlock stuff on them.
    Is there anything I can do at all?

    And thanks for indulging me in my moan!

    Think I'll go out now and get drunk, might help!

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    Your first problem was TO MUCH CAFFINE!!
    Sorry, serious advice will be along shortly!

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    Only thing I can think of is buying two more torx bits and getting someone to weld them to the bolts. That'll get it off.

    I changed my interior last summer and nearly had the same problem on the passenger side, was touch and go for a min but got away with it, but that's where I thought "what would I do?" lol.

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    Yep, had the same problem myself. I came to the conclusion that it was crap torx drivers which caused the problem.

    Went to a local small garage, explained, the chap lent me some snap-on torx drivers and both rounded off bolts were out in a jiffy. Had to give them a bit of a tap to get a good fit, but it worked. if you have drilled yours, i would go with the welding a bolt head ontop of your knackered torx bolt.

    I know your pain mate... bear with it and all will come good

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    try hammering an alen key into the hole you have drilled. i mean really hammer it hard an it should bite hard enough

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    Thanks fellas.

    Got some more torx bits last night, bigger ones. Only loose fitted into the drivers side, but seems a little bit of purchase, so fingers crossed on that!

    Hadn't thought of welding a bit in the hole, so will ask about that aswell.

    As for the caffiene, it's that and nicotine that kept me going

    Well, back out to try again, and will see how I get on!

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    good luck fella...fingers crossed for you ....

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    T50 torx bit, lump of wood, and a hammer.

    AND THE BOLTS ARE OUT
    Just waiting for the battery to discharge, and then I'm back onto it!!

    Only two torx bolts left, on the seatbelts, but will go steady with them and hopefully they'll be ok.

    The good and bad of the forum - the bad for giving you ideas to spend money , and the good - nay excellence - of the people that are so willing to help.

    Thanks for the support, really made a difference this morning. Actually felt it could be done, as opposed to yesterday of all but giving up hope.

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    Dont you just love it when a plan comes together?..well done.

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    It's done!
    Gave it a good vacuum out aswell with everything out if the way, so really chuffed.

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