Does anyone have a source for the front track bar bolt that goes to the axle side. The PO replaced mine with a grade 5 M8 bolt for some strange reason and I cant seem to dig up a replacement. I have tried all the local hardware and bolt places but no luck, apparently its an odd bolt. Just got back from the junkyard and all the ones there were rusted to the jeeps.. so I'm all out of luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I want my jeep back!
Never trust a Jeep that doesn't leak oil.
Thanks for those part numbers! I think I will have to bite the bullet and order the bolt. $28 for a nut and bolt makes me cringe, but my local pnp is fresh out of zjs and the other junk yards like to conveniently put all the cars in the dirt without wheels on, making pulling a bolt from the bottom of the axle somewhat difficult
Don't you have a shovel to dig a tunnel under them? Lol.
Yeah, I made the $18 mistake in not taking the tension off of the track bar before removing the bolt and stripped the threads right off of it while removing. Then I couldn't get the track bar hole aligned to install the new bolt. Nice to have some knowledgeable people around here to offer some real good tips!
The trick for taking the tension off the track bar bolt or aligning the bolt hole was mentioned in the link/thread I posted. You turn the steering wheel with the front wheels/tires on the ground and let the unibody twist/do the work while it takes the tension off of it.
This is where a helper would come in real handy to move the steering wheel while you remove/install the bolt. Since I didn't have one for aligning the bolt holes on bolt install I just turned the steering wheel a little w/o it running then put bungees on the steering wheel to the shifter to hold it in place when I had it exactly lined up. I did have the body/axle jacked up some to create some room but really don't think you need it jacked up at all to do this.
Will this bolt and nut also be found in an xj? Pnp has xjs but no zjs.
My track bar bolt just came right out, but that might have something to do with the fact it was an M8 and not an M10. I'm still amazed how it wasn't broken.
I almost bought the bolt from the dealer because I wanted a new bolt and flag nut since I had to saw mine off to get it out. I found out that Chrysler didn't have the flag nut (even though the description said it was a flag nut). I went to the hardware store (Ace Hardware and MENARDS near me each have a good selection). I got a metric bolt and matching nut an it worked great. The bolt was a M10 (10mm) x 70mm (grade 10.9, I think; this is metric's version of Grade 8 or better). In hindsight I should have tried to recover the flag nut but thought about that after I sawed the nut off to weld a new flag nut. The original flag nut has a coarse thread and I bought the finer thread, but it worked OK for me since I bought a matching nut.
Last edited by JeepForever; 10-25-2013 at 11:32 AM..
Reason: Changed bolt size from "I'm not sure" to "M10 x 70mm"
I talked to my buddy about the extra bolt, he said he got it at ace. Perfect match. I didn't think about asking him the size. He just took it in and they matched it. Our local ace is crazy stocked piled with stuff. Its a great store
Are you sure that M10x1.75 Uniblurb? That's not one of the standard M10 threads. http://mdmetric.com/tech/M-thead%20600.htm
Not saying that Jeep didn't do something crazy but M10x1.5 is as coarse as they usually go.