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broke the sway bar nut inside the frame

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by WABOOM, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    WABOOM

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    I was disconnecting the sway bar bracket in my 2007 Tacoma and the nut that is welded inside the frame broke loose. What can I do now? (the bolt is turning free because the welded nut is now loose)
     
  2. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM
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  3. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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    sway bar? whats that :D
     
  4. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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    Take it to a body shop, or fab shop, and see if they can get access to re weld it in place.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    Same thing happened to me a couple years ago. I cut the bolt with a whizzer wheel, then I pulled the front bumper cover and then pulled the bumper off as well. With the bumper off I was able to reach into the frame with a breaker bar and place nut over the hole and simply nut and bolt the swaybar back into place. Kind of a pain, and it will be if I ever need to remove the sway bar again, but it was the only thing I could think of at the time. Since then I saw sway bar relocate kits. I figure if I had nut and bolted one of those in I would be able to remove the swaybar in the future without removing the front bumper. If I ever need to remove it again I will add a relocate kit.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    Chris, No access to the frame there. It is fully boxed in that section. Only way would be to cut an acces hole and then patch it up. There's no way I'm having my frame cut into. I thought about using a rivnut, but ultimately decided I did not trust the strength of it
     
  7. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    This is how you gain access VVVVVV
     
  8. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    Good luck getting a welder that far down the frame through the front bumper mount, let alone being able to make an accurate weld with no visual....
     
  9. Mar 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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    You should be able to get it with a stick. And a couple nice little bugger welds would be more than adequate.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2012 at 4:35 AM
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    Why are we even talking about putting the swaybar back on? No no no no no no no.
     
  11. Mar 27, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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    Because, depending on the suspension, there is increased body roll when turning, and if a sudden evasive manuver is called on, the vehicle could roll over.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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    Boo hoo. Roll it back over and keep driving.;)
     
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    I've seen welds made from 4-5 sticks distance away (Yeah...4 sticks tacked together and then used to weld). Pretty...Not at all...Strong-as fuck.
     
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    I approve this thread! :cool:
     
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    I know this thread is getting old but here's a few options. You can purchase threaded inserts and install the threated inserts with the special tool.

    The other option is to weld a piece of metal (tab) the same width as the nut but approximately 3 inches in length...it has to be longer than the width of the channel...you will understand shortly...

    Once the nut is welded onto the tab, tack weld a wire to the tab. Now you can put (fish) the entire nut/tab through the hole on the side of the frame and guide it to where the original nut was.

    The reason for the tab to be long is when you start to tighten the nut/bolt, the tab will hit against the frame and you will be able to tighten it up. Once completed, break the wire off the tab.

    Hope this helps, as it worked for me. Good luck
     
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