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Unread 10-09-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
DeejayZeejay
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Sway bar problems...

So, on my 88 Manche(4.0). I was taking my sway bar links off and broke the stud part. The torx bolt part was seized, so I ended up cutting those out. Now for the problem. Driver side frame bolts came out no problem. Passenger side broke both heads off with no effort... Drilled the front one to easy out the remainder with failure. No welded nut in the frame anymore. Went to easy out the rear bolt and broke the easy out....fail.


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Any advice on the next step is appreciated greatly. I did take it for a drive with the sway bar off. Its driveable....but I do notlike it.

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Unread 10-09-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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Weld it?
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Unread 10-09-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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Thats what I'm thinking. Maybe take the bumper off and feed in new bolts.... It honestly drives the same without it. Except for bad bumps.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 10:57 PM   #4
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cut out the section where the nuts were in a nice rectanuglar shape, then take a piece of 1/4in plate or something there abouts cut it to the same size as the piece removed. Transpose the location of where the old nuts where onto the new plate, Drill holes, weld nuts over holes and then weld new plate into place.
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Do the exact same thing but with the old plate, cut nuts off, weld on new nuts, weld plate back on.


I would only consider welding the bracket to the frame as a last resort, this is an item that wears out and needs replacing on occasion. having to cut welds would not be fun. If its a pure trail rig, then weld that sucker up.
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