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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:49 AM   #1
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anchor nuts spinning

85 cj7 front sway bar. the mount that supports the bushing/bar and bolts to the frame with two vertical and one horizontal bolts are loose. the two vertical bolts wont tighten cause the anchor nuts are spinning inside the frame. do i drill the heads off them and figure out some type of new anchor nut to feed in through the small hole in the frame?. or does someone have a better method? thanks

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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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You might get a wrench in the hole in the frame to hold it while you turn it. It is a pain in the arse. You might be able to take the bumper loose and go in from the front if the frame is not boxed on the front.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 12:48 AM   #3
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If you can tighten the bolts, do so as it will ex span the nutsert tighter in the hole and maybe reseat it. Either way, heat and lube the nutsert through a frame hole.
When it still spun, Ive used a prybar or apply force between the frame and bracket to pull the nutsert down with more force than what it wants to spin. It takes a few times and even a hammer to wedge it, but it has worked many times for me. Once out, tact weld them or replace with new nuts (and weld those)
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thanks for the ideas

ill take a look and attempt the methods above. im pretty sure you cant get a wrench on them but ill give it a shot. this is one of the few areas that the po has attempted to either tighten/loosen and failed. this jeep is really coming along and is now a daily driver, 4 miles to/from work each day and id rather drive it than any of my other cars!. these are cool old contraptions!
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I had a couple of them spinning in my frame. I just replaced them with new Nutserts that bought from McMaster-Carr.com.

Hard to tell from the picture, but they are the two behind the steering gearbox mounting brackets.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 07:29 AM   #6
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yup thats them!

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I had a couple of them spinning in my frame. I just replaced them with new Nutserts that bought from McMaster-Carr.com.

Hard to tell from the picture, but they are the two behind the steering gearbox mounting brackets.
those two vertical fasteners that mount the sway bar bracket. they will be no fun to get out but this jeep has given me very little grief as there is no rust. i guess it is time to learn the methods of removing rusted,siezed,stripped,broken bolts that so many jeeps are known for. thanks for the source on nutserts. ill probably simply go grade 8 with some type of a fishwire to install.
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