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Old 04-14-2009, 12:56 AM   #1
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Rust sucks

I spent the afternoon installing the Saleen kit. I didn't get to install the front sway bar but that's next weekend.

-Doing everything with hand tools is pretty lame.
-The bushings were so seized nothing moved! The upper control arms could barely move as well as that dogbone looking thing (I pretty well took everything apart to get the springs out). After I unbolted the rear swaybar links, I couldn't even move the swaybar using both arms. I even broke free one of the nuts for one of the swaybar bracket bolts... those are welded to the frame!
-The new rear springs went in without a spring compressor which was nice, as well as the front.

Here's where it got silly:
-3 out of 4 corners completed: Last one was left front. I stripped the damn 4mm bolt for the swaybar link! I knew I was in for trouble because of how shallow the 4mm allen hole is. Man, that thing was fused!! I just barely got the pinch bolt done but there was no point in continuing since the swaybar link wasn't moving. Even then I managed to loosen it a bit but it was so messed up I couldn't even re-tighten. Now I hear and feel a loud clunking sound which was expected. I'll have to take it easy until I get to fix it.

So, aside from cutting the swaybar link bolt and getting a whole new link, is there a way around it? I read there are flat spots behind the nut that fit a 17mm wrench. I saw it in a how-to.


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Old 04-14-2009, 01:09 AM   #2
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lol rust ftl. That what sucks about the salty northern state roads
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:40 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, rust is the enemy of many with tools. Had that situation all weekend installing my new header. The factory mounts for the catalytic converter were completely rusted out and gone. I could have just unbolted the damn thing and it nearly dropped out on its own weight lol. SO much for having quality stuff to deal with. I guess that's why you replace things after so long eh? lol
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Problem solved... a 17mm wrench is perfect... no need for the 4mm allen keys. Even kept the original swaylink with the stripped 4mm head
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thats why i wash my car once a week in the winter,
hopefully slow down this evil chemical reaction
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