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Sway bar links

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by eyball, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Jun 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    eyball

    eyball [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to get my sway bar links off so I can replace them & they are fully stuck. The bolt just spins & the hex on the bolt end stripped out. Should I just cut them off with my sawzall or angle grinder? Anyone have any luck with these? The NE salt has done a number on the bottom side of my truck!
     
  2. Jun 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM
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    Project.paradigm

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    If you have access to a torch heat the nut up. If you don't have a torch, now's a good time to go buy one.
     
  3. Jun 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    mapp gas!!!
     
  4. Jun 17, 2011 at 3:26 AM
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    eyball

    eyball [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a torch with map gas so I guess I can try that. I have the new Moog end links ready to go on so cutting them off is no big deal as long as I don't damage the spindal or sway bar. I don't want to take it off I don't wheel & I do a lot of highway driving.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2011 at 4:12 AM
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    Namyo

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    Impact gun usually breaks em off with out using the hex.
     
  6. Aug 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    tervanun

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    Installed: 6in procomp, 17's, 35" BFG K02's, Stubbs HD-SKO sliders, Brute Force Fab front bumper, XRC Winch. Mods to come: Brute Force rear bumper, Fox Coilovers
    I just had trouble with mine yesterday

    Remember how these links work, if you're going from the hex side, you're technically trying to tighten in in to loosen it bc its coming out the other side

    Anyway, don't cut it off, use some vise grips clamped on (half on rubber, half on the exposed metal part....really the only way to shove them in there) and start loosening it. You'll probably gonna ruin the dust boot like I did but if you're replacing, no biggie.
    It takes some brute force but I got mine off. Need to take the wheel off though for leverage :)
     
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