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sway bar removal help?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rwright07, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. rwright07

    rwright07 1/2 ton status

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    k so i got the bolts off from the crossmember and im trying to get the bolt off the u bolt deal, but i have limited tools n have no idea how to get this off
    help out a 17yr old lookin to get better articulation will ya?
     
  2. roadnotca

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    If its socket/driver, you'll need 1/2 drive, 3/8 will twist off. If its wrench, an open end might jump off, box end better be good quality. If you don't have enough leverage for the wrench, you might be able to slip a car jack leg (the longest part) over the wrench. Be careful, that's a big thread, and its gotten very comfortable with its rust.
     
  3. MattK

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    yeah, 6 point, 1/2" drive socket is the way to go. before you get to any of that though, you should soak the darn thing in lots of pb blaster or similar penetrant. the longer it soaks, the more work it does.
     
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    big cresent wrench withe a snipe of some sorts worked for me
     
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    I use a big pipe wrench with a long pipe for a cheater handle... works real well.



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    I think you need a 1 1/4" socket or wrench. You could double wrench by slipping the box end over the bolt then another box and over the open end of that wrench. Also, make sure you put bolts back in the forward most bolt holes where the sway bar used to mount to the crossmember. Notice how there are important crossmember braces being held on by those bolts. Leaving them out is just asking for loose steering and stress cracks. If you don't have the necessary tools, check out your local flea market or find a CK5er near you.
     
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    Xlnt reply
     
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    mine would not come off for the life of it (tried with 3 ft of leverage and broke two 1/2 drives) so i torched it off. It looks ugly with a tortched end still hooked to the plate but it works and did not want to find new plates.
     
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    Any CK5ers out by bucksntrucks that could lend him a hand if he can't do it?
     
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    thanks for the advice about puttin those bolts back in the crossmember, i woulda never thought of that il put those in as soon as i get a chance.
    i got it soakin in PB blaster for awhile n when i get back in town in 2 days il give it another shot
    ive tried using a big ol cresent wrench w/ a cheater pipe, but it barely budged... il try it w/ a bipe wrench when i get back tues
     
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    Leverage is your friend. Use the longest cheater pipe you can. It may help to drive the front up some ramps or park over a ditch to allow more swing of the pipe.
     
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    And next time loosen all bolts instead of taking off the easy ones first - that'll keep the weight from hanging on the last darn bolt that won't come off!

    Keep working it and it'll give!!
     
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    ok so i got back in town n i asked a frienda mine's dad who owns a trans shop if he could help me out n im takin that damn thing off tomarrow
    yess
     
  14. big dan

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    mine came off easily with a wrench and very little effort. two of the easiest bolts ive ever loosened on that truck.
     
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    yeah I was about to say the same.I guess different trucks different circumstances.
     
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    just gnaw on it with your teeth :D for a while. it's bound to give!
     
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    done... finally
    lookin forward to wheelin soon n hopefully will notice a difference
     

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