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Old 05-02-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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How to remove JK front track bar?

Hey guys, I'm in the process of replacing my stock bolts with the ones from the Northridge4x4 Grade 8 kit. I finished both front LCA's today, as well as the the drivers side track bar bolt. I simply cannot, however, remove the passenger side track bar bolt. I am using a 21 mm open ended wrench and a 24" breaker bar. Do you guys have any tips to get this bolt off? Pics always help!

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Hey guys, I'm in the process of replacing my stock bolts with the ones from the Northridge4x4 Grade 8 kit. I finished both front LCA's today, as well as the the drivers side track bar bolt. I simply cannot, however, remove the passenger side track bar bolt. I am using a 21 mm open ended wrench and a 24" breaker bar. Do you guys have any tips to get this bolt off? Pics always help!

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Are you having trouble getting the nut/bolt to turn or having trouble getting the bolt to come out through the bushing?

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Are you having trouble getting the nut/bolt to turn or having trouble getting the bolt to come out through the bushing?
I'm just having trouble getting it to turn. I have a 21mm wrench on the rear-facing nut and a breaker bar on the bolt head but it just won't turn. Is there any good way to hold the wrench and breaker bar? Does it have anything to do with that little wing they welded on the nut?

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The nut on the backside will hold itself with the wing. Only the front bolt head will turn. I used a long breaker bar and socket on the front. I believe the front bolt head is 21mm. I think that I may have helped this bolt with a few taps from a large hammer as I was replacing the bolt/nut combo anyway with the Synergy bolt kit.
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That bolt is a beast to torque and remove! Once you get it loosened, you may have to turn the steering wheel to get the perfect angle to remove the bolt. There isn't much clearance to remove it.
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The nut on the backside will hold itself with the wing. Only the front bolt head will turn. I used a long breaker bar and socket on the front. I believe the front bolt head is 21mm. I think that I may have helped this bolt with a few taps from a large hammer as I was replacing the bolt/nut combo anyway with the Synergy bolt kit.
Thanks Steedgun and cmaggi, that makes a lot more sense now. It will be way easier with only having to focus on the front bolt head.
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:07 AM   #7
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That one is cranked to 125 ft lbs. As others have mentioned, it takes a bit of muscle to break it loose, especially if it's been on there a long time & exposed to the elements. I'd suggest spraying it down with liquid wrench / wd40 / kroil or other penetrating oil. Let is soak for a while and then give it a go.
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:42 AM   #8
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Your replacement nut and bolt will probably not have the wing part on the nut so when you go tighten the new one back up get a big spanner wrench to hold the nut back there and let it hit something on the frame so it can hold itself while you use two hands to torque the front bolt to 125 FP. I own a VERY large crescent wrench that I can put on the back nut and it holds it in place very well. I hope you have a large, high quality torque wrench as you will need it for these bolts.
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Thanks for the help guys, I was able to get the bolt out this morning with your advice. Once I wasn't holding a wrench on the rear facing nut the bolt was fairly easy to remove with the breaker bar.

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