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Old 09-27-2012, 03:13 PM
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Need Torx Bolt Size - E-150 Seat Removal

Rather than get a huge expensive Torx bolt set, does anyone know the sizes of the Torx fittings I need to remove the seat belts and the floor brackets in the E-150 Vans?

I have done a search and I cannot locate this information, I also looked in my manual and it does not list the size.

Your help will be appreciated!!

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:33 PM
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IIRC its a t50

but you can get a pretty decent set from harbor freight for a pretty fair price, somewhere around 15 bucks IIRC
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:07 PM
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The seatbelts are a different size, I removed the plates from the floor of my 99 E350, then the belts on the walls due to only needing a bench over the axle in my 15 passenger, the middle is open to roll around in my wheelchair, I put a sofa/bed from a conversion in it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:41 AM
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As mentioned, t50 is correct size for the seat brackets. However, I haven't figured out a way to remove the stubborn ones in my 2008 E-350. Either the tool breaks or the bolt head will strip out. I'm thinking of welding a large bolt head to them, but that's a last resort. Anyone have a good idea for these?

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Old 09-28-2012, 02:01 PM
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jmh, i find that a bit surprising that you're having that much trouble with them on a van so new. you might buy a better quality torx bit made for use with an impact wrench, those are tough as can be.
for those that are already stripped, i would hate welding them, as you're likely to scorch some interior pieces nearby, which of course is a huge fire hazard and a hazard with toxic smoke - burning carpet and more. similar hazards apply trying to grind off the head.
if the heads are really that stripped, you might try pounding in a hex or torx bit a bit larger than should fit and wrenching on that. if that doesn't get you anywhere, at least it opens up enough space for a drill bit to start going in.
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They extend through the floor, rusting on the other side makes it difficult to extract them, along with you not getting the bit fully in it, dirt in the heads, I use an awl and shopvac to clean them out, then use a hammer to insure the bit fully goes into the bolt. I did strip a bit or two, the quality tools don't do this, you get what you pay for, and it's difficult to find places selling good/quality tools, parts stores ain't it either.
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Go to Snap-On or cornwall or any really good tool supplier and get a T50 IMPACT torx and use an impact wrench. They will come right out.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:01 PM
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All great info here! Thank you! So I have the T50, but what is the other size that holds the seat belt onto the bottom of the seat; it is SMALLER.

I'm lucky because Harbor Freight is not more than 20 minutes from my house, so as soon as I get the other size I will make a trip. It would be nice if I could just buy the bits individually and not have to invest in a set. I will definitely see about getting the best quality IMPACT style too.

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I think the seatbelt was 45 but don't remember.
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I think the seatbelt was 45 but don't remember.
Cool, I'm not in a huge hurry, so if somebody has access to some documentation or where I could find it online please let me know! I don't want to go shopping unprepared.

Thanks again!
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Cool, I'm not in a huge hurry, so if somebody has access to some documentation or where I could find it online please let me know! I don't want to go shopping unprepared.

Thanks again!
Actually, this is only 9.99 and has a bunch including 45 and 50. The size should be in there. I'm just worried about whether these will hold up:

9 Piece 3/8" Drive Star Bit Set
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those should be good enough, but these will be even better 8 Piece 1/2" Drive Internal Impact Star Socket Set
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those should be good enough, but these will be even better 8 Piece 1/2" Drive Internal Impact Star Socket Set
Sweet! Well, funds are a bit low at the moment, but I hate to snap one of those damn cheap ones. When I'm down there I'll ask the guy what he recommends and ask what their return policy is / guarantees, etc.

I'll do it in the damn parking lot and if they snap I'll be back in pretty quickly! LOL. I just want to take a bench seat out! Hopefully this isn't a huge PITA.

Thanks for your advice!!

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PS, one more thing, I don't have an impact wrench; I was planning on using my heavy duty 3/4" socket wrench. Forgive my ignorance, but could I use the impact wrench with my socket?
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the HFT hand tool warranty is just like the craftsman warranty. if you break it, bring it back and leave with a new one for free. makes it all worth it - i hate paying for tools i can't use, and the warranty makes it all good
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