For some reason I can’t find the thread right now but this has been discussed before. We almost ran into this same problem is the only reason I know. I’ll keep searching and reply back when I find it. Unless Dr. Honda replies first. LOL
BTW - do you have one of the extended ride plates from Aquaman? We had one on our Challenger and we have one for our Islandia now. We LOVE IT!
I’m sure the screws on mine are the originals. This one sheared off without much torque at all. Whenever I figure out how to get the broken one out, I’m going to replace both of them. It’s fall in Michigan, so I’ve got plenty of time. Lol.
Don’t have one of the extended plates, but may pick one up next season if he still has them.
As I recall there was a long (heated-lol) conversation because someone suggested replacing the torx with bolts but of course the heads would hang below.... I was attempting to read through the arguing. We were lucky enough that it did not shear off but the torx head was almost stripped. He used a larger bit with an impact wrench (not impact air but a tool you hit with a hammer) and lots and lots of PB Blaster.
Those are in with a "permanent" type thread locker. The only way to break them loose is to get them hot. Since you broke one already.... get a little torch, and heat them up. It takes upward of 350F to break it down. Once you do that... you can get out the good bolt, and take off the ride plate. From there... there should be enough of the broken bolt hanging down to grab with pliers and twist it out. (make sure to heat that one too)
As far as the replacements... just use a countersunk stainless bolt.