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Unread 07-05-2005, 08:47 PM   #1
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OME steering stabilizer bolt

I ruined the threads on the bolt that attaches my OME steering stabilizer to my Jeep (whoops). Any ideas on where I could get a replacement bolt without buying a new steering stabilizer?

Thanks in advance...

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Unread 07-05-2005, 10:03 PM   #2
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Call ARB, tell them your problem, I'm sure they'll send you a new bolt no questions asked.

Best of Luck,

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Unread 07-06-2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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Could you rethread it?

Just a thought.

ARB had to send me my bolt as when I bought the stabilizer they goofed and didn't send one. So I'm sure they can help you out.
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Unread 07-07-2005, 08:14 AM   #4
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I called them yesterday and had them overnight me new one. No charge for the bolt, even though it was my fault it was ruined. I paid about $15 for the shipping. Their customer service was excellent.
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Unread 07-07-2005, 09:04 AM   #5
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Are you too imbarrassed to tell us how you buggered up the bolt? We love stories!
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Unread 07-08-2005, 08:03 AM   #6
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You got it, I am way too embarrassed to tell the story on a public forum like this! It was a pretty boneheaded move, even for an amatuer like myself...

In my defense, though, I don't think the bolt from OME is very well designed. There is nothing in the middle of the bolt to hold on to with any type of wrench, so the only way to tighten either of the nuts is by tightening both of them at the same time or by holding the other end of the bolt with your hand. Not sure if that makes sense, but if you have seen this bolt, you may know what I am talking about. I looked online at the bolt that comes with the Rancho steering stabilizer, and it seemed to have a place in the middle of the bolt that you could get a wrench around. It looked like a much better design.
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Unread 07-08-2005, 08:09 AM   #7
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Did it look like this?


Compliments of Stu-Offroad!
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Unread 07-08-2005, 09:34 AM   #8
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I looked online at the bolt that comes with the Rancho steering stabilizer, and it seemed to have a place in the middle of the bolt that you could get a wrench around. It looked like a much better design.
People continue to make comments on the forums about one stabilizer brand being no different than the next. BS! All I can tell you is that I've never had a problem with any Rancho RS-5000 I've ever used. While I never considered the mounting bolt to be an issue, it would seem that it is yet one more reason to Go Rancho!
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Unread 07-08-2005, 09:46 AM   #9
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I've never seen a stabilizer bolt that looked any different than the one on Stu's site. Thanks Stu, by the way, for all your writeups!
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Unread 07-08-2005, 04:47 PM   #10
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Did it look like this?


Compliments of Stu-Offroad!
the bolt I got with my OME stabilizer looked just like that...
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Unread 07-09-2005, 05:00 AM   #11
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Mine is different, take a look:

http://www.thndc.com/OMEbolt.html
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Unread 07-09-2005, 06:34 AM   #12
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Mine is different, take a look:

http://www.thndc.com/OMEbolt.html
My OME SS Bolt looked just like that.I had no trouble with it. I choose the OME SS because I needed a new one and I put on OME shocks with my BB and the color and look matched the shocks. Pretty gay, Huh?
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