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Old 06-10-2007, 12:42 AM   #1
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suspension install woes

alright.. long story short, i picked up an svt suspension with eibach springs....

Heres my problem

the bolt on the rear suspension that takes the upper control arm off(or swings it down) is seized on the knuckle

whats actually happened is the bolt has rounded.. so it looks like its time for me to either take it into the shop to get it fixed, or maybe a little diy would do it

another problem, is the bolt that adjusts the toe(i believe) was really loose, so i tightened it down, and it stripped.. so now the thread that holds the bolt on is screwed up, as was the bolt(but i replaced the bolt)

SOOO.. should i just buy new upper control arms, and take it to a shop and tell them to throw them on there?

how do i get the damn bolt out for the upper control arm?

i really wanted to get the suspension installed today, but because of theat damn bolt, i couldnt...

so any suggestions?

OH, and if i do wind up taking it in to get it fixed, should i buy all new control arms, or should i just get the bushings, and tell them to just replace those, and leave the arms?

any help greatly appreciated, thanks guys


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1) Cut of the bolt head with a sawz-all and use a drift (or steel punch) to drive it out the remaining bolt with a big hammer.

2) See if you can turn and remove it with some channel locks.

3) Sears seels some bolts extractors. The look and work like a socket that have cutting edges on the inside that dig into and hold on to the bolt head.


In 2 or 3 use lots of liquid wrench or PB blaster penetrating fluids. WD40 will help, but it's not as good as the other two mentioned.

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i used the bolt extractors from sear's myself. they work very well. they might cost in the 20-30 dollar range or you might be able to buy just one for 5-10 bucks. i bought mine a few years ago, so the prices could be off. just try and get some penetrating lubricant in the threads. sometimes after you spray the lube you can tap them with a hammer a few times to break it loose and let the spray get in further.
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