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post #1 of 62 Old 05-02-2020, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Rear sway bar clamp bolt

Sooo I broke both bolts trying to remove the clamps, bottom ones easy enough, couldn't drill through it so took a hammer and punch and broke the welds, easy peasy. Upper one.. same thing.. but now I can't get the damn nut out from under the spring perch.. any suggestions? Plenty of threads saying to do the same thing, without a solution to getting the nut out after.

EDIT: Victory has been achieved, a note to anyone just finding this thread and thinking about doing the bushings, use a punch on the bottom bolts if you wish and replace with new bolts. DO NOT DO THE SAME TO THE TOP UNTIL YOU EITHER: A. Drill out the remaining half of the bolt COMPLETELY, or B. Drill and tap the original nut for a new bolt.
Unless of course you want to cut and reweld the bracket and have the equipment to do so then have at er'.

Hopefully this thread will be helpful to anyone in the same situation as me.

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post #2 of 62 Old 05-03-2020, 03:38 PM
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Don't know why it wouldn't let me post these earlier..
Anyway here's the best pictures I could get of the situation
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It's hard to tell, but is that bracket open on the top side?
If so, there's gotta' be a way.

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I agree, maybe a dental pick with a hook on the end?( Mechanic's version)

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I agree, maybe a dental pick with a hook on the end?( Mechanic's version)
Yea I tried that.. the problem is the remaining half of the bolt still sticking out of the nut. If it wasn't for that the nut would slide out no issue. I might have to fandangle the nut to shove the bolt half through the hole and take a die grinder to it.. Luckily I have about 4 months to figure it out
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Die grinder with the remainder of the bolt sticking through the hole would do the work fast.
Just jam a screwdriver behind it to hold it.

Alternatively, can a Dremel with a tungsten bit get in there and reduce the size enough to get it out?

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Die grinder with the remainder of the bolt sticking through the hole would do the work fast.
Just jam a screwdriver behind it to hold it.

Alternatively, can a Dremel with a tungsten bit get in there and reduce the size enough to get it out?
it MIGHT, but it would probably take a hell of a lot longer. I'll give the die grinder a go first.

Now being that it's this damn difficult to get this out.. How difficult is it going to be to get a new nut in there and hold it with a wrench when I go to reinstall?...
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I would think you have enough room for a wrench down from the top? Might have to cut a wrench in half....

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When I replaced all the bushings at the back, I took one look at those bolts and thought NO! leave well alone till you have to really have to change them.

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it MIGHT, but it would probably take a hell of a lot longer. I'll give the die grinder a go first.

Now being that it's this damn difficult to get this out.. How difficult is it going to be to get a new nut in there and hold it with a wrench when I go to reinstall?...
If it was anything like putting a wrench on the passenger side track bar bolt while trying to thread a bolt through it while its flopping around and your half sideways under your jeep should be a nightmare
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I would think you have enough room for a wrench down from the top? Might have to cut a wrench in half....
I might see if one of the mechanics at work can lend me one of theirs or something, don't really want to be cutting up my fairly new wrenches...
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Good luck and please keep us informed of your progress and/or final solution.

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Sooo I broke both bolts trying to remove the clamps, bottom ones easy enough, couldn't drill through it so took a hammer and punch and broke the welds, easy peasy. Upper one.. same thing.. but now I can't get the damn nut out from under the spring perch.. any suggestions? Plenty of threads saying to do the same thing, without a solution to getting the nut out after.
I went through this on one bolt topside. I tried a coat hanger bent as a hook, I tried pliers, I tried string, I tried a nail set, everything I could think of. After fighting with it for who knows how long I finally said "eff it" since I'm doing an axle swap and took a pair of bolt cutters to the doggone thing and made a small relief cut. now there's a gap in the metal, but a new perch can be welded on OR can put a steel washer/spacer on both sides of the mount. I don't necessarily recommend it, but that's what I did. I haven't run a rear sway in years but will when I swap axles this summer.

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I went through putting a nut in the back as well. I cut some small, fine relief lines on one side of the nut to give it some bite, then found a wedge I could use to hold it in place once it grabbed threads. It tightened down fine.
Put a bit of spray paint on everything once done to keep rust away for awhile.

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