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Unread 09-05-2004, 11:08 PM   #1
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New tech article: Removing stock swaybar links

I know a lot of you guys have already removed your swaybar links, but for the new guys that don't know that the torx bolt is pressed in, not threaded, this will be very helpful...I hope.

http://www.rocklizardfabrications.co...r_endlinks.htm

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Unread 09-05-2004, 11:18 PM   #2
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I know a lot of you guys have already removed your swaybar links, but for the new guys that don't know that the torx bolt is pressed in, not threaded, this will be very helpful...I hope.

http://www.rocklizardfabrications.co...sco_mounts.htm
Wow, you went through alot of work to remove that bolt! Yours must have been rusted in pretty well.
I took mine out yesterday and it took me maybe 15 minutes.
Just took the nut off and used a chisel aimed between the steel plate and the head of the torx bolt... about 6-8 good whacks, and the bolt came out.
(2000 Cherokee Sport)

Quick disconnect pins I used were 1/2" X 2" from Lowes.

Good Luck! ; )
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Unread 09-05-2004, 11:19 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by GottaBeJeep
I know a lot of you guys have already removed your swaybar links, but for the new guys that don't know that the torx bolt is pressed in, not threaded, this will be very helpful...I hope.

http://www.rocklizardfabrications.co...r_endlinks.htm
Wow... could have used this a few weeks ago. I have a really bent out of shape axle bracket now...
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Unread 09-05-2004, 11:26 PM   #4
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Wow... could have used this a few weeks ago. I have a really bent out of shape axle bracket now...

Alexia: Sorry, I guess I should have done this writeup as soon as I actually finished that project (about 3 weeks ago). Don't worry, I'll kick myself for you.

4ever9er: It may seem like a lot of work, but many times the torx bolt is stuck in there pretty good. I have removed many of those bolts, and it is just easier to do it this way every time. The article is to help a lot of the new guys that spend a lot of time trying to turn that bolt out because they don't know it is pressed in, and end up on these forums asking why they can't get the bolt out. Air chisel works, but mine will get a few wacks at the end of the bolt, then I'll miss. I don't like to waste time missing that dang bolt. I want to get it out as fast and easy as possible. Time is money.
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Unread 09-06-2004, 04:01 PM   #5
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Alexia: Sorry, I guess I should have done this writeup as soon as I actually finished that project (about 3 weeks ago). Don't worry, I'll kick myself for you.

4ever9er: It may seem like a lot of work, but many times the torx bolt is stuck in there pretty good. I have removed many of those bolts, and it is just easier to do it this way every time. The article is to help a lot of the new guys that spend a lot of time trying to turn that bolt out because they don't know it is pressed in, and end up on these forums asking why they can't get the bolt out. Air chisel works, but mine will get a few wacks at the end of the bolt, then I'll miss. I don't like to waste time missing that dang bolt. I want to get it out as fast and easy as possible. Time is money.
I just heated with an acetylene torch, got it nice and red, then tool an air wrench with a torx head, spun it, and knocked it out with a hammer, 5 minutes max
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Unread 09-06-2004, 08:40 PM   #6
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kinda makes me feel stupid for cutting them off and then drilling them out.... hey, whatever works right?
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Unread 09-06-2004, 09:08 PM   #7
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ya I wished you hasd posted it sooner, I drilled my out, well still working on that one. I drilled through it, but parts of it are still there.
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Unread 09-07-2004, 02:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for a great article. Another example of what makes this such a great article. Passing on the knowledge to help others! I appreciate it!
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Unread 09-07-2004, 03:12 PM   #9
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i took mine out with a pair of vice-grips....grabbed the head and twisted a little and out it came....

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Unread 09-29-2009, 01:21 PM   #10
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my torx bolt came right out, its the top bolt im having trouble with. anyone?
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Unread 09-29-2009, 02:03 PM   #11
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nevermind lol 4x4 explorer used a tie rod puller. JF is awesome!
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Unread 09-30-2009, 05:33 AM   #12
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does it hurt to just use the torx head bolt and still bolt your discoes to that? thats what i did with my rough country 4 -6 inch quick discos
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Unread 09-30-2009, 07:13 AM   #13
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If you bolted your rough country discos to the factory bolt, then that defeats the whole point of discos. How do you disconnect the RC ones, I thought they were a solid link, and they only used a quick disco lower bolt.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 04:38 PM   #14
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no they have the bushings on top and bottom of where they bolt up like the old stock link but the center tube part has pins that go through and hold it when u pull them out then the tube comes apart
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