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post #1 of 15 Old 03-07-2013, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Broken Track Bar Bolt

So here's my dilemma, Ive been installing a 3" lift on my wj and now I'm stuck since I broke a bolt.. The lower one on the track bar. It looks like a real pain to get out, should I try to use an easy out or just get it towed to a shop to get it removed? Has anyone else broke this bolt before?


Also, where can I get a replacement bolt for it or what type is it from the factory? I'm putting in a JKS adjustable track bar if that makes any difference, I know that the stock bolt works but I don't know where to get a new one or what to ask for.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-07-2013, 10:55 AM
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Just went through this yesterday. You think the lower one is bad try the upper one. You probably won't get that bolt out but that's ok. The other side of that bracket is just a nut welded on. So what you need to do is knock that nut off. I didn't have any room to really swing a hammer on the top one so what I did was took my Dremel and used a metal cutting disk and cut as far down into the nut on the back side as I could. Then I took a cold chisel and small sledge hammer and kept wacking it until the nut broke loose. From there it's easy. Just go to Lowes and get a M10x1.5x30 grade 8 hex bolt and nut and put that in to replace what you broke and the nut you removed.

I tried to remove the bolt from the existing nut and that was pretty much impossible. This way is much easier.
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-08-2013, 08:18 AM
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Double check that size. I think it is M12-1.75 x 80mm. Too small of a bolt will allow the track bar to move.

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Double check that size. I think it is M12-1.75 x 80mm. Too small of a bolt will allow the track bar to move.
Yep. But make sure the shank does not taper.

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-08-2013, 08:43 AM
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Double check that size. I think it is M12-1.75 x 80mm. Too small of a bolt will allow the track bar to move.
Yes. You're right. When I first saw the picture I thought it was the rear sway bar. Oops. Well maybe the Dremel advise works for this too.
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-08-2013, 08:49 AM
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Could you stick a drift punch or whatever it's called and smack it out with a hammer?

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post #7 of 15 Old 03-08-2013, 10:40 AM
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Well you have to cut that nut off you may as well order KOR duro bushings and bolt and sleeve kit for the track bar.

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post #8 of 15 Old 03-08-2013, 12:57 PM
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I broke that bolt too, ended up taking the axle out and running it to a local machine shop. The guy actually welded a nut to the broken bolt through that gap and was able to work it out with some heat. It was pretty impressive. And he only charged me $10 lol

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post #9 of 15 Old 11-17-2013, 05:23 PM
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Just broke the damn bolt off. Going to attempt to punch it out tomorrow or cut the nut off with a grinder.
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post #10 of 15 Old 11-18-2013, 10:45 PM
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Got the nut and bolt off with an air chisel.
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post #11 of 15 Old 11-19-2013, 09:23 AM
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I hope all you guys that have had to deal with this broken track bar bolt are doing yourself a huge favor for future disassembly by using anti-seize on the new bolt.

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It is what Jeeples has *PARTIALLY* stated.
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-05-2015, 01:40 PM
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I just broke the same bolt... My idea was the same.. Break the nut off the frame.. We will see how it goes. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best course of action for this?
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post #13 of 15 Old 05-05-2015, 04:49 PM
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Like PetroPete, I used an air chisel with a punch style bit. If you use it through the hole and hit the edges of the nut it will pop right off. It is only spot welded in 3 little spots.
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-05-2015, 07:56 PM
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I also had that bolt break. Went at it with a punch going thru the bolt hole. Took a few hits but was able to break the welds that way. Now fishing a nut back in there and holding it to get the bolt started took alittle time. Nothing alittle electrical tape and a open end wrench couldn't handle though.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-06-2015, 05:23 PM
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I welded a metal tab on the nut so I could hold it with my fingers. Then the tab held it while I tightened it so I didnt need a wrench.
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