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Unread 12-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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Track Bar axle bolt

Installed RC's adjustable track bar today. The axle mount limits access to the interior side of the bolt, where the nut is. Do you guys have any ideas how to clamp down on the nut so I can torque the bolt down properly. I can barely get anything in there.

Also, the track bar slides left and right as the wheels turn. I can see the axle mount bolt jump around. I'm not sure if once I get it torqued down that it would be enough to keep it still. I'm afraid the hole is a bit wallowed. But, I don't want to drill a new hole and weaken the axle mount either.





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Unread 12-16-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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That track bar bolt needs to be TIGHT. There is a slot where you can fit an open ended wrench in flat then turn it vertical to hold the nut while you tighten the nut.

I just installed a RE Adjustable Track Bar on Wednesday.
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Unread 12-16-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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I reused the stock flag nut without issue. If it's loose, I'd get a small plate, drill the proper sized hole in it, and weld it to the axle over the original hole.
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Unread 12-16-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
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I always use a cold chisel or better yet, a tapered punch. Slide it into the red circle, parallel to the ground, and you can usually wedge it between the bracket and a flat on the nut. Once wedged in there the nut will not turn.

I have never had any luck getting a wrench in there.

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Unread 12-16-2011, 04:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, guys. The stock nut is 11/16 and there was no way I was getting a good bite in there. I just put two washers behind the nut. That moved the nut into a position that I could grab from the side access point. I took out all of my frustration into torquing that sucker down.

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Unread 12-16-2011, 05:23 PM   #6
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The stock nut is NOT SAE - it is a 12mm metric.

If you use a SAE fastener you can wallow out the hole and encourage DW.

I used the wedge a screwdriver in there trick when I put the IRO double shear set up about a month ago.
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Unread 12-16-2011, 08:30 PM   #7
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I like tim have used a pry bar and just reached in there and pryed on the nut jammign it while i tighten

I never torque it, just make it real tight and your fine.
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If the hole is wallowed which by your description sounds as if it is, then you will be fighting a losing battle with that bolt. You will not be able to keep it torqued tight enough to prevent the bolt from moving, or you risk breaking the bolt by putting too much torque on it.

When you get the chance fix the hole by welding a thick washer over the face of the bracket, creating a new hole with zero play with the bolt. Or weld a plate on it and drill a new hole.
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Unread 12-16-2011, 10:30 PM   #9
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The stock nut is NOT SAE - it is a 12mm metric.

If you use a SAE fastener you can wallow out the hole and encourage DW.

I used the wedge a screwdriver in there trick when I put the IRO double shear set up about a month ago.
No way the bolt that came on my XJ is 12mm. The bolt end is 15mm. I took the nut off and matched it to whatever I had that would grab it. If it's metric, it's more like 17mm or 18mm, 11/16 grabbed it pretty tight. My Jeep is a '90. Anything could have happened to it during the 19+ years I didn't know her.

I've got it torqued down well with the washers in place.

Thanks for the advice!
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Unread 12-16-2011, 11:07 PM   #10
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What length did you adjust it to, and did you have to remove the jam nut to get it short enough??
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rugsucka is talking about the bolt diameter: 12mm, very close to a 1/2 inch SAE bolt.n The head of the bolt is 15mm hex and the nut (the one difficult to get to) is an 18mm hex nut, that's what I have in my 96 XJ
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Unread 12-17-2011, 07:31 PM   #12
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What length did you adjust it to, and did you have to remove the jam nut to get it short enough??
I have no idea what length it is. The jam nut is in place, nowhere near where I would think about remove it to fit the bar.
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Unread 12-17-2011, 07:38 PM   #13
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rugsucka is talking about the bolt diameter: 12mm, very close to a 1/2 inch SAE bolt.n The head of the bolt is 15mm hex and the nut (the one difficult to get to) is an 18mm hex nut, that's what I have in my 96 XJ
I thought rugsucka was referring to the bolt diameter. Those bolt/nut sizes are exactly what I have on the '90. 11/16th is real close to 18mm.

It took me 10 minutes to swap out the bars and about 2 hours of trying to get that one bolt snug.

On to something else that needs to be replaced............
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Unread 12-17-2011, 08:20 PM   #14
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i welded a piece of 1/2" wide flat bar onto the nut and bent it so that it would stop on the small opening right under the mounting bolt. worked great.
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Unread 12-17-2011, 09:43 PM   #15
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I got a new bolt/washers and lock nut. I managed to put the nut on finger tight, then put a 17mm box end wrench in there and got it over the nut. I used a regular craftsman wrench, I tried a different one and it didnt work. Also, if the bolt is too long, you might not be able to get the wrench out.
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