i was at a friends today helping him put in his lift. we tried doing it a few weeks ago but even with 4 ft cheaters the spring main eye bolts were rusted too bad to break loose. so after two weeks of putting penetrating oil on them everynight and 4ft cheater bars they all broke loose. everything went fairly smooth, the rear springs and shocks are in but when attempting to remove the last nut, the sway bar nut, he snapped the stud off with the nut.
will he have to get a whole new spring plate or is that stud replaceable?
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I dont think plates are that expencive, you could just buy a new one. If your planning on getting it done today, try drilling out where the stud goes, tapping the hole, and then put in a grade 8 stud. Thats what I would do if you had to finish it today.
If it is a stock spring plate the bolts are not replaceable. Im 90% sure of this. Ive got a plate sitting in my truck right now when I get a chance Ill double check.
I'm replacing all my spring plates on my CJ, most of the plates seem to have the sway bar link stud weilded in, I think the warrior plates with skid protection are the only ones I have seen that are removable.
Front plates sell for average $18-30 each according to what brand or if you want skid protection on them. The cheapest I think I have seen so far are at http://www.rigidsteel.com/.
He might try driving the Jeep without the sway bar. He might find that he doesn't need it. My friend took the sway bar off his YJ when he installed his lift and it handles very well even on a winding mountain road.
I am running without sway bars or track bars on my YJ. Just a set of springs holding my axles in place, and I have no major problems.
I was quite nervous at first about the setup not having all the factory links .. but after driving it on the street for a day, I said screw the swaybar and track bar .. and they haven't been seen since.
Now, I am also in SOA configuration .. and still no ill-effects.
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