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Unread 10-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
tchimmerroks
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Broken anti sway bar mount bolts

Good morning Jeepers, here's my dilemma: PO removed the anti-sway bar and broke one bolt off on each side in the captured nut for the mount.

I want to reinstall the sway bar, so I used penetrating oil for about two weeks and heated/cooled several times w/small propane torch and penetrating oil. I was optimistic that the left hand drill would spin out the broken bolt shafts. Unfortunately, it didn't. The first bolt I successfully drilled all the way through w/a small bit. The second one spun and the bit suddenly broke.

At first I thought I would have to weld the mount to the at the forward end to compensate for the missing bolt, but I thought I'd check w/the Forum to see if I can still remove the spinning and damaged nut plate. If so, how please? BTW, I still haven't extracted the bolt through which I successfully drilled w/the small bit. (original plan was to start small and work up toward 7/16 size, hopefully, without damaging the nut plate)

Thanks for your help,
Tim

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Unread 10-13-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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Broken bolts are a pain.

Did the bolts to the frame break, or the bolts that hold the U-straps?
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Unread 10-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #3
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Broken bolts are a pain.

Did the bolts to the frame break, or the bolts that hold the U-straps?
The bolts in the nutplate in the underside of the frame.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 08:37 AM   #4
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Can use holesaw to remove nut. Then, weld a new nut to a washer. Weld washer flush into hole where old nut was... grind flush.
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