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Old 03-27-2004, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default Easy way to do Stabilizer links? UPDATED

I just had my car up on jack stands to change the links, i had one wrench on top of the nut on the stud, and one wrench on the bottom of the stud, it so tight it wont move at all, there isnt much room for the bottom sockett to grab on the end so it slips off
I tried liquid wrench, and a large butane torch but still, i cant get it to go
I tried the following : Putting my jack under the control arm to take wieght off the link, i tried lifting on the stabilizer bar its self to tense the link up, niether worked at all.
Any ideas or has anyone else had this problem?
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I did mine today too, it took less than a minute with a mini grinder :P

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Sawzall, dremel with cutoff wheel, die grinder, etc. Assuming you have new bolts with the new links

Or you can over-tighten them until the stock bolt shears. That'* what some do.
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Or cut off the rubber spacer which will give enough play to get a socket on the lower bolt head. Without a cut off wheel or torch, that was the only way I could get mine off.
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Rats.....this was on my list of things to do. Guess I'll have the mechanic deal with it....
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It'* EASY. Piece of cake. Seriously. Just shear them off if they don't back off easily.
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I sawed my old ones off.
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ummmmm air-tools ...sorry just being a smartass............snapon 1/2in.air-hammer..700ftlbs twinhammer works good on nits i use Jacobs 80 loosin`* anything i`ve ever tackled......you can cut em` off and use new bolts/nuts
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I changed them in mechaics today, my teacher took his air gridner to them, the install was VERY simple, my steering now feels tighter!
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Any ideas or has anyone else had this problem?
For future reference: http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...pic.php?t=5791

Another thing you could try in future (I know you've got _yours_ fixed now), in case the bolt just goes round and round instead of shearing off, is to just drill a hole in the center of the bolt head or nut, whichever end is easiest to reach, then redrill with successively larger drill bits until the hole is bigger than the bolt, so basically you've drilled it into oblivion, and it'll fall out the other end. I used to get old shock absorbers out the same way using just a power drill...
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