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Old 01-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Ok ive been back and forth with this car and finally think i have everything fixed and as im tightening the cradle bolts and two of them snap off in half and now the cradle is hanging what options do i have to get this back right
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Drop the cradle again, get those broken bolts out, and get new ones.

Not much else to do really.
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Was the cradle fully seated, or were you using the bolts to drive it home? What size cheater bar were you using to drive the bolts? Did you buy proper bolts, or Home Depot bolts of the same size? Were you re-using old bolts?

I would try to figure out how you broke bolts before just putting new ones in.
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I used the original bolts and the bar was about 4 feet long and the cradle was seated the bolts only had maybe about a halt turn until fully in and they snapped. but how am i goin to get the remaining pieces out of the frame? its the two rear points on the driver side. would grade 8 bolts work better? i just hope i didnt brick my car over broken bolts
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A 4 foot cheater bar is WAY overkill for tightening these bolts. I don't remember the exact specs, so you will have to look it up, but they are only supposed to be torqued to around 65 ft. lbs.
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Okay, so now we know why the bolts broke. The only thing I can suggest is drilling a hole in the center of each broken bolt and using a bolt extractor (search ebay for that term).
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