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post #1 of 10 Old 03-12-2019, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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More complications w/ lift install...

Hate to start a whole new thread for a simple issue but I'm slap out of ideas soo...

Went to put in the new adjustable track bar and everything went fine until I got to the passenger side at the axle. I got the bolt in with a washer and lock nut (included) on the other side. Went to tighten it down and it just spins. Tried backing it out, more spinning. It seems that the nylon lock nut is stripped, no mater how well I hold on to it the bolt will spin inside the nut and not back out or tighten. I've tried vice grips on the nut while pulling away from the bolt to see if I could get it to start coming off and it wont. Also a flathead putting pressure on the bolt head and still nothing. Dont have room to wedge anything between the nut and the bracket...Once I get it out I guess I can just replace it with a regular nut and washer but in the mean time I have no clue how to get it out... awfully tight space isn't any help.

Tried to get a pic where you could see the other side with the nut but its tucked back in there.

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-12-2019, 01:12 PM
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I'd definitely grab a new locknut
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From the description, I think you’re left with drilling out the head of the bolt.

Can you post more pics? Your axle side trackbar mount is interesting.


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Isn't that supposed to be on the inside of the bracket?
Also notice that with that reinforcement plate on the front, the track bar is not sitting square.
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Isn't that supposed to be on the inside of the bracket?
That was my initial reaction as well. An axle-side trackbar mounted in single-shear is likely to cause instant death wobble while tearing the bracket apart. The end should be inside the bracket ears, even if the backside nut is a challenge to get to (the OEM was a flagnut but you can get a normal one in there with a bit of work).

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OK soooo yep I have apparently lost my mind and mounted it wrong I suppose if anything its good that I had it mounted wrong when I discovered the locknut was stripped because it would have been even harder to get off if I had it in there right haha. Nonetheless I still have to find a way to get this off so I can get it actually mounted properly... I guess I can go buy some carbide bits or something, I only have drill bits for wood!
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Cut the bolt head off.... get a better quality bolt & nut.


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Angle-grind the bolt head off, punch the bolt through. You may need to cut the bolt shank as well to fit the remains of the bolt out from the bracket.

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got it ground off and taken out. Thanks so much for the help that would have been a disaster if I had left in mounted like that!!
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More complications w/ lift install...

I would just use a cutoff wheel or a sawzall and cut the nut/bolt off of the backside and replace with a grade 8 bolt and new nyloc nut. I hate drilling out bolts so just lobbing it off is always easier if you can get to it. Definitely mounted in the wrong spot too but that has already been covered.

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