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Unread 11-20-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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Im working on installing my 4.5 inch IRO lift and i got the entire front end taken apart except for where the trac bar bolts to the axle, the bolt will not come out. i have soaked it w penetrating oil and used a impact wrench and it will only move about an eighth of a turn either way then stops. i dont know what to do at this point, any ideas? im also having the same problem w the lugs on the back tires, they wont budge even w an impact wrench. please help

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Unread 11-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #2
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It's siezed in the bushing. The same thing happened to mine, I had to cut it. And since it goes all the way through the bracket and bushing, unless you can break the head off of it (like I was lucky enough to do) you have to cut it on both sides, between the track bar and the bracket. That way once you cut it you can just pull the track bar right out with the bolt still inside of it.
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Unread 11-20-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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get an impact with more nut or put a bigger wrench on that sucker and do it by hand same with the wheels..
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Unread 11-20-2009, 11:10 PM   #4
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Heat it. You'd be amazed how big of a difference heat will make. Heat it, cool it with PB blaster, heat it again, hit with PB blaster, then heat it once more. Does wonders for bolts seized inside bushings and just plain stubborn bolts.
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Unread 11-21-2009, 01:38 AM   #5
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Heat it. You'd be amazed how big of a difference heat will make. Heat it, cool it with PB blaster, heat it again, hit with PB blaster, then heat it once more. Does wonders for bolts seized inside bushings and just plain stubborn bolts.
10/4 on the heat!!!! boy i am i glad i own a torch.
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Unread 11-21-2009, 11:00 PM   #6
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It's siezed in the bushing. The same thing happened to mine, I had to cut it. And since it goes all the way through the bracket and bushing, unless you can break the head off of it (like I was lucky enough to do) you have to cut it on both sides, between the track bar and the bracket. That way once you cut it you can just pull the track bar right out with the bolt still inside of it.
Thats exactly what it was, i got a angle grinder out and cut the bar in half, the unibody side came right off with the bracket but the axle end didnt, luckily the nut on the back broke off the bolt and then i just grinded the head off and it came out, so that wasnt too bad. but hopefully the smoke wrench will do the job for the lugs tomorrow. thanks guys
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