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Old 04-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Help! Sway bar problem/question

I have a stock tj, and I'm trying to install the homemade disco's and the drivers side sway bar link I can unbolt no problem, but I cant unbolt the passenger side link, of corse the Torx bit only fits on the medium size racket. Any tips

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Start soaking it with WD40 or penetrating oil. Keep it soaked for a day or so. If it still doesn't break at that point put a short piece of pipe on the ratchet or breaker bar. That should do it.

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I soaked it in wd40 after I gave up for the day, the tough part was keeping the Torx bit in there. I found a little torch im going to try that
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:15 PM   #4
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Don't try to turn the torx bit. Break from the nut end. Just use the torx bit to keep the bolt from turning. Torch should help also.
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Don't try to turn the torx bit. Break from the nut end. Just use the torx bit to keep the bolt from turning. Torch should help also.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:59 AM   #6
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I would really like to punch the person that invented the torx hardware concept. Not too impressed with the allen bolt either. I will say this , make real sure the inside of the bolt head is very clean. Spray with brake clean, use a pick if u must, then blow out debri . Max depth of the socket is crucial . A stripped torx or allen bolt head is bad, mmmkay.
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They are also on my major shitlist. I generally only have to deal with them once because once they're out they go straight in the trash and get replaced with hex heads. And you are right, most of the problems stem from dirt, paint, whatever in the head so you don't get a clean fit. And once they strip you are so screwed...
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They are also on my major shitlist. I generally only have to deal with them once because once they're out they go straight in the trash and get replaced with hex heads. And you are right, most of the problems stem from dirt, paint, whatever in the head so you don't get a clean fit. And once they strip you are so screwed...
get a small ginder with a cut off wheel and be done with it
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I'm About to, this would not be as bad if it wasn't a Torx, this was my project since I didnt go 4 wheeling. The only thing was I wanted to keep the bolts Incase the Clovis pins where too sketchy (I do alot of highway driving).
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I'm About to, this would not be as bad if it wasn't a Torx, this was my project since I didnt go 4 wheeling. The only thing was I wanted to keep the bolts Incase the Clovis pins where too sketchy (I do alot of highway driving).
I have several of those blasted things laying around if you really want one.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:47 AM   #11
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Strip the torx bolt on my sway bar connects trying to disco for chinaman gulch April fools day run... Ended up cutting it off and buying some JKS discos
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Ya, i just striped mine too! I dont know why the bolt is so difficult, it broke free but never got any easier to turn. I got it about a full turn loose before i stripped it,l so tomorrow it will meet the grinder.
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I also want to have a few words with the guy who decided to use so many torx on the jeeps. Lol
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I can understand some of the the torx, like on the tow hooks and such. but underneath its just a pain! I'm worried because I'm buying a smittybilt rear bumper this week (yay!) but it seems like a pain to put on,

By the way does anyone have any objections to a smittybilt rear bumper that use to have the swing out tire carrier, but is just the bumper and also has a 2" receiver for 50 bucks
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Sounds like a good deal to me. As long as you can put the tire carrier on later.
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that is the one thing im wondering. Could i by the tire carrier separately from the manufacturer, i am using the excuse of this Toyota Camry hitting me this winter at copper mountain and scratching my rear bumper to buy a whole new (to me) one
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once the insurance co send you a check ..it yours to do what you want with..you dont even have to use it on your jeep...i used mine to make a house payment...
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I love that story, I just ordered a S/B rear bumper. Should be in the mail tomorrow. Mine was $200 though. I am jealous of yours. At least torx sockets are avail at Sears or whatnot. I work on a lot of newer Euro. They use hardware like a triple square hex, with a hole in the middle. I can only get those from Asenmacher tools. At least they are in Boulder. You should see the tools I have to buy to work on German cars...lol
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well see how great it really is for $50, I read that its a pain to install and some people have to drop the gas tank to fit it in. Anyone have to do this?
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Just be ready on the rear bumper. There are a couple of bolts that are a pain in the ass!!! Once you get it one make sure that this is the last time you have to do it. If not you will start inventing dirty words. LOL
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #21
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I think I already invented some words when I stripped the sway bar link bolt, Thanks for the heads up, now i know to con my brother into helping me on this one! After all i did help him "work" on his car
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Just don't be in a hurry and it won't be too bad for you. I didnt completly drop my tank but did have to get the rear lowered down for access. Patience is needed. lol
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Ya, vell, I yust gonna build my own damn bumper, ya know, eh?
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Ya, vell, I yust gonna build my own damn bumper, ya know, eh?
you need to...lol I'm tired of hearing that thing banging all the way down the mountain
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Well, the guy agreed to meet me today at 5, and I called him on the way to find out he sold it last night....

And about the accident, it was deemed my fault by the insurance companies (police refused to come), I was makeing a left turn on a snowy blind curve and a car came around and clipped my rear bumper and threw me into a snow bank, so I'm SOL on that, I only got a scratch
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you need to...lol I'm tired of hearing that thing banging all the way down the mountain
You wanna hear that or the explosion shortly after my gas tank ruptures?
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Yes, that is on the list of NOW, not later...

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