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Unread 11-04-2005, 06:16 PM   #1
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Holding flag nut...?

Ok, I need to tighten my track bar on the passenger side... what's the best way to do this without BREAKING the flag nut? Seems like when I try to tighten it down the whole thing moves and the flag part just bends instead of the bolt turning inside of it. I've broken one flag nut in the past and it was a HUGE pain to replace. Don't want to experience that again. Any tips here before I put a wrench on the thing?

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Unread 11-04-2005, 10:01 PM   #2
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If it bends... would vice grips help stop that?

I haven't driven mine since the flag nut arrived, 2 days before I left Oman, so I've yet to experience this fun...

Best way might be to let the dealer do it and let them face the problems if it breaks
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Unread 11-05-2005, 12:05 AM   #3
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i broke the flag off.... i jsut replced with a regular nut... i had to use an off set wrentch to get to it though, u could take a cut off wheel and notch out a little room for a wrentch
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Unread 11-05-2005, 12:58 AM   #4
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It's possible (not even that difficult) to get a wrench on a non-flagged replacement nut.
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Unread 11-05-2005, 06:23 AM   #5
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Yeah I've got to figure something better out then this whole flag-nut business. I have a Skid Row LCA skid on there and it makes it that much harder to access the flag.

I like the off set wrench idea. There's veryl little room in there but I'd rather have a way to get a whole wrench on a nut rather than rely on that flag. I'm not confident that thing will hold up. Especially if I'm on a trail somewhere and it needs tightening.
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Unread 11-05-2005, 11:07 AM   #6
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It's possible (not even that difficult) to get a wrench on a non-flagged replacement nut.

1. If you have the right shaped wrench.
2. If you're prepared to do a little cutting.


1 didn't work and didn't want to do 2 so I'll see if the flag nut ever fails on me... if it does then I'll cut and get a wrench in there.
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Unread 11-05-2005, 12:45 PM   #7
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1. If you have the right shaped wrench.
2. If you're prepared to do a little cutting.
I used a standard Craftsman open-end wrench and I did no cutting.
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i didn't have any problem with any of the flagged nuts when I put my lift on or checked the torque specs
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I used a standard Craftsman open-end wrench and I did no cutting.
i did the same thing, just twist and turn the wrench and it'll fit, but it takes patience. there is no need to cut anything.

my nut got real loose once and that made it a real pain to get to. so if you switch from the flag nut do it right, use loctite. that rhymed.
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I used a standard Craftsman open-end wrench and I did no cutting.
Fair enoguh... craftsman must be a bit smaller than what I had access to because there was no way it was getting in there without modification to the wrench or the axle. Walking over to the parts counter for a new flag nut was the easy option
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Unread 11-05-2005, 09:15 PM   #11
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replaced mine with a grade 8 nut and bolt used a snap on wrench no problems getting to the nut at all
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i just picked up an extra nut for the front and back (i ripped the flag off the front one on a trail one time)
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Are you too experiencing the dreaded death wobble? I just installed my OME kit and the wobble scared the shyt out of me. Hope you get it resolved if that is your issue. I have had no luck thus far in correcting the problem.
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Are you too experiencing the dreaded death wobble? I just installed my OME kit and the wobble scared the shyt out of me. Hope you get it resolved if that is your issue. I have had no luck thus far in correcting the problem.
From what I've read DW is often caused by a loose track bar. Mine DID become loose on the passenger side but I couldn't tighten it down because of this whole broken flag nut issue. So yes I experienced the DW on the highway doing 70mph. Fun .
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