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Old 05-10-2019, 10:32 AM
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Any tricks getting rear track bar off?

Cannot get either bolt to budge. Cursed at it, heated with torch, impact drill, breaker bar... Next step is a week long soak in PB blaster I suppose. Or I saw a video where he just sheared it off with an angle grinder.

I have the entire rear lifted and on stands - I assume this is the least amount of pressure on the joints. Would lifting from the frame, or one side only, give a mechanical advantage?

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Any tricks getting rear track bar off?

Angle grinder, cut the bolt head off! Don’t be scared.


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I cut the track bars off a friends rust bucket
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Cut it... take your time and get it all or just hack out the big peices...
Who cares if an inch remains....
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So sawzall the bar and just leave the bushings bolted in? Y'all some maniacs!
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So sawzall the bar and just leave the bushings bolted in? Y'all some maniacs!



I cut the brackets and all off the frame on a friends jeep. My jeep the bolts came right out so i never cut the mounts off because it wasn't needed.
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I had mine removed when my muffler was installed. The guy had it on a lift, with air tools, and it still took him 20 minutes.
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Yep angle grinder & cut off wheel- zip zip done
(I cut the nut side off the bolt. But either side will work.)
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Cheetos, ZP cut the bolt off not the bar, Agalloch cut the brackets off, again not the bar. Either way, you will get rid of the bar.
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Cut bolt, or bar, or brackets, doesn't matter....

On my Sahara I got the bolt out of the axle end 12 years ago and wired that end up to the frame.... It stayed that way for about 10 years till I finally got around to taking the other end loose and tossing it...

I would use an angle grinder with a cut off wheel... a sawsall would take forever....
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I cut the bolt between the bracket and the bar with an angle grinder.

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When I removed the 4:10 axles from a junked rustbucket YJ, I uses a sawzall to cut the track bars. All I had was a 24" breaker bar and I couldn't loosen the nuts. The track bars cut pretty easy compared to the spring main eye bolts that I had to cut to replace my springs.
When I got the axles home, I could heat the nuts and use my impact to get them off.

The place that had the rustbucket YJ didn't have power (meaning no air besides no electricity).
I used a 700 watt converter attached to my F-150 to power the sawzall.

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