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post #1 of 8 Old 08-18-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Cannot remove '12 JKU steering stabilizer bracket

I have a frustrating problem that all DIY and videos online dont show the same problem.

I am removing my stock steering stabilizer and all that is left is the stock tie rod bracket. It is held in place with a single bolt (more videos show ubolts or similar, which this is not that bracket). This only loosens the you can turn it or slide it up/down the tie rod.

The issue is removal. I have tried to pry it apart so you can pull it off, but cannot seem to get the right angle and it is quite stiff and dont want to damage anything.

I managed to get it all the way to the passenger side where the tie connects to the hub where it is much smaller in diameter, but it still is too large/tight. I even tried the brute force hammering to just get it to widen and slip off. it is very stiff.

Advice here? Such an easy job and there is always something small like this that is annoying.


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post #2 of 8 Old 08-18-2013, 01:18 PM
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If you aren’t going to be using it again then just cut it off like mentioned above. Another way would be to just separate the TRE from the knuckle and unscrew it. If you do unscrew the TRE then be very precise and mark how far it goes into the tubing. Also count how many rotations it takes to remove it to be doubly sure to install it (TRE) exactly as it was.
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Take two adjustable wrenches and put them on the two lips and pry it open. If you cant put enough force on it put a big pipe or breaker bar on one of the wrenches and let the other wrench be pushed against the drag link

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do you have a pic? I had the same problem and I had to use a puller but it sounds like you are talking about the opposite end of the stabelizer.
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I used a torch and pry bar, adjustable wrenches etc. And I reinstalled it on my synergy tie rod. I would have just cut it off but I didn't have a new bracket.
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Originally Posted by Filthy-Beast View Post
cut off wheel?
cut off wheel.

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I ended up looking at it a different way. I was trying to remove a stock bracket so that I could install the RC bracket to do the same function. SO I just moved the stock bracket from the center of the tie rod to the passenger side and used it as my connection for the new stabilizer on that side. Works like a charm.
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