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post #1 of 11 Old 02-22-2008, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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WJ Axle side track bar bolt size?

Whats the size of the axle side track bar bolt on the WJ?

Mine has some buggered up threads right next to the shank that I believe is preventing me from tightening it down all the way.

I wanna say it's a M12, but it could be a 1/2. I just need to make sure the threads are compatible. BTW, it is a coarse thread bolt correct?

Sorry, I did forget to measure it while I had it out two nights ago.


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look at the head of the bolt ,, metric will have a M# #being a grade maybe m9.... SAE bolt will have raised mark 6 marks being a grade 8 ... That will tell you if it SAE or metric.

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PM ArloguthroJeep...Im suprised he doesnt have it in his suspension thread.

I thought you were selling your sheet ?

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drill it out to 1/2" and a stick a GR8 bolt in there.

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I was sure I was selling it. Then I kinda back tracked, and decided I just might not want it gone. It's gonna stick around for a little while. If nothing else I need to get it in better condition before I sell it anyway.

I haven't checked Arlo's suspension thread yet. I'll do that now.

The only problem with drilling out the axle side bolt is the fact that the nut on the other side is welded on. I could tap it, but I'd rather not. I just need to know the size it is so I can get a new, less buggered up one.

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The only problem with drilling out the axle side bolt is the fact that the nut on the other side is welded on. I could tap it, but I'd rather not. I just need to know the size it is so I can get a new, less buggered up one.
you simply drill through the welded nut and use a longer bolt with a new nut. no need to tap. the standard size bolt fits more snug in the tb bushing sleeve. plus, mine was wallowed a bit.

sorry, don't know the stock size.

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my welded nut on the mount stripped out so i did the same thing and put a bigger grade 8 bolt on there. my fingers barely fit through the back to hold the new nut in place. I torqued it down with a cheapy wrench and left it there for a few months till i cut the head off. ..I guess it will be easier to take the bolt off when i need to? lol.

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Hmm, maybe I will do that. How did you get the old bolt off?

How long was the bolt you used? You had to drill out the sleeve right?

See, I know it's not how tight you get the bolt, but how much friction you put on the bushing by tightening it. I don't think I'm able to make it tight enough.

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Quadratokn? Whata u say?

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Hmm, maybe I will do that. How did you get the old bolt off?

How long was the bolt you used? You had to drill out the sleeve right?

See, I know it's not how tight you get the bolt, but how much friction you put on the bushing by tightening it. I don't think I'm able to make it tight enough.
I had a DW problem with my stock TB. The bolt torqued down so i thought it was fine. Then, when I was replacing it with a JKS TB, I couldnt get the bolt off at all - it just kept spinning.
I think the stock bolt was stuck in the threads of the nut somehow... or maybe the bolt was stuck in the sleeve of the TB bushing, i cant remember exactly - but either way i messed up the nut. I had to cut the bolt in half with a sawzall, between the TB and the inner part of the mount. once the bolt was cut, the rest of the bolt came out with the TB. IDK what your situation is though.

The new bolt is 3" long. It looks like the stock nut is still there. so i pushed the new bolt through the damaged stock nut and put the grade 8 nut on after that.

I torqued the new bolt to factory spec and havent had a problem since. You can probably do that once you get a good bolt on there.

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you don't have to mod the tb bushing sleeve. the new standard bolt fits nicely (a bit tighter) in the jks bushing sleeve.

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