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Unread 02-23-2008, 01:43 PM   #1
jmkeo74
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lift kit install problems...

6 to 8 hours is what RC says in the instructions...HA! I must have the most difficult 97 TJ in the world. Every nut I've turned has either broken off or stripped out. Anyone have tips on how to remove a stripped T-50 Torx head? Any other general tips will be greatly appreciated...

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Unread 02-23-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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Sounds like a job for an easyout.

Did you use penetrating oil the day before on the bolts?

Good luck,

Jim
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Unread 02-23-2008, 01:49 PM   #3
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Anyone have tips on how to remove a stripped T-50 Torx head? Any other general tips will be greatly appreciated...
Drill and good bits?
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Unread 02-23-2008, 02:06 PM   #4
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its called pb blaster.
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Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 02-23-2008, 02:16 PM   #5
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The bolt that's stripped is the one that holds the track rod to the axle housing. There's a flag nut behind it. I'd cut it off, but am not sure that I'll be able to remove the rest of the bolt and nut...

I realized it was going to be a challenge last night when I turned the first nut...on the top side of the front shocks. I broke them both off. I then sprayed PB Blaster on every nut and bolt imagineable. I went back out today to find it didn't help much. I sprayed 'em all again!

I just got back from Sears with a 1 1/4" socket...bad information from someone that told me that was the size of the nut on the Pitman Arm. It's not. Anyone know what size it is???
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Unread 02-23-2008, 02:29 PM   #6
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I would just buy a large adjustable wrench - mine opens to over 2" and I have used it for the pitman arm nut, adjustable control arms, etc...
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Unread 02-23-2008, 03:00 PM   #7
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that pitman arm nut is a 33 mm, i just finished installing my 4 inch rc lift kit this week. and i too have a 97 TJ, I sprayed all of my bolts with Pb and a few of them gave me some touble but the rest came out alright. I had a lot of problems with the piman arm though. But one thing that was mentioned to me on this board was that unless I was lifting the jeep more than 5.5 inches that I would not need to change the pitman arm. I haven't tested it out yet b/c I am waiting on my new tires. But as soon as I get them I have to check to see if I have bump steer b/c of the drop pitman arm. good luck with your lift.
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