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post #1 of 12 Old 06-21-2009, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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threaded frame inserts where can i get?

Installing a factory swaybar on a cj without one. The holes are already there from the factory. Does anybody know where I can get the threaded inserts, it looks like they were pressed in. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-21-2009, 10:34 PM
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Do you mean Rivet Nuts or Nutserts? The use a tool to compress a portion of the insert to grab the material they are being used in.

If the holes are there, are you sure a nut is not is not already welded inside the frame?
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No there is no nut welded inside of frame sure of that
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-22-2009, 05:31 AM
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I cut some thin rectangles out of 1/4" steel. They need to be slightly longer than the frame is wide and small enough to fit in the frame opening closest to the bolt hole for the swaybar bracket. Drilled and tapped to a fine thread 7/16 or 1/2 inch (can't remember which) and fished into position with string and coathanger. Once over the hole, attached bracket with a grade 8 finethread bolt. The metal rectangle will spin in the frame and grab the sides and will be there forever. Locktite recommended.
Getting the bolt started can be a bit tricky as the rectangle will tend to slide around while you're trying to thread the bolt into it. You could shoot a little JB weld under it to hold it into place for installing the bracket.
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-22-2009, 05:38 AM
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they are rivet nuts, i have a bunch, ill send you a handful but you will have to buy the tool! Let me know
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-22-2009, 06:50 AM
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The swaybar frame brackets mount onto threaded tubes in the frame. The tubes stand proud of the frame, a little.
In this pic, the right one is there, but the left one was in rough shape...

Here's how I replaced it. I took a piece of new tube, and welded a 3/8"-16 nut to the bottom of it...

Then, welded it into the hole...


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I took flat bar stock, drilled holes at a spacing to match the frame, and welded nuts to it. Then I fished it into the frame and attached the sway bar brackets. The long piece of flat stock won't spin around once you get one bolt started.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-23-2009, 07:13 AM
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Look in the cj rebuilder's manual.
It is discussed in detail with pics.
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-21-2017, 02:14 PM
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i need 4 of them. i have a 78 cj7 and all of them are wasted. if you call me i will by them. 614-278-9458 thank you!
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-22-2017, 10:04 AM
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The swaybar was always the first thing I removed on my CJs, even the CJ with stock suspension. Do you guys really get that much body roll without them?
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post #11 of 12 Old 09-22-2017, 02:36 PM
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Here's what i used - no welding and no fancy tools. good luck
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post #12 of 12 Old 09-23-2017, 07:51 PM
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you can make the tool out of a bolt and a larger nut and washer. put a 7/16 or 1/2 nut on a 3/8 bolt then a washer, thread the bolt into the rivnut and tighten it up. easy.
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