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Old 03-23-2013, 11:43 PM   #1
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Default *Sigh* Need some help with coilovers

So I bought some BC BR coils for my 09 wrx, and started installing em today. The fronts went in just fine, but the rears are being a pain in the ass. The bolt that's holding the strut to the control arm WILL NOT BUDGE no matter what I do. It's as if it's held on by the will of Jesus. Am I missing anything? I've tried wrenches, ratchets, a beefy breaker bar, and a 350 lb/ft impact gun and nothing budges it. Not to mention dousing it in penetrating oil. None of it worked. Didn't budge whatsoever. Any ideas?
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:49 PM   #2
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have you tried a blow torch maybe? Lowes sells a kit for like 20 dollars and they come in handy around the house for pipes and stuff can always try that
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:50 PM   #3
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have you tried a blow torch maybe?
Not yet. I'm not quite sure how to go about doing that, to be quite honest. If anyone's got tips on doing that as well, that'd help. I just don't understand why this bolt isn't moving no matter what I do.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:54 PM   #4
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Stupid question,

but are you trying to turn the nut or bolt?

(I broke a couple sockets trying to remove what I though was a nut - when in fact it was the bolt end)

It seemed like it should have moved but sure didn't. I'm still embarrassed, broken sockets live on top of my tool box so I can keep perspective!
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:55 PM   #5
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if you try the torch just get one from the plumbing section of a hardware store if you tell them a blow torch used to sweat copper pipes they will show you what to get and just get a cheap one. Then crank it up and heat up the bolt and nut for maybe like 10-20 seconds and try again. Just know it will be hot as **** and dont burn yourself of grab the socket or wrench from the end after you use it..
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:58 PM   #6
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Me and my roomie tried it from both ends, nut and bolt. Both gave us the middle finger and refused to move. I'll try the heat method tomorrow. I'm hoping it works, because if I have to put my stock front struts back in so I can go to work on monday, I'm gonna be a sad panda
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:00 AM   #7
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before you go to bed soak it again in penetrating fluid haha
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:01 AM   #8
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before you go to bed soak it again in penetrating fluid haha
Haha, I did that right before I shut the garage for the night. Even if I do get these stubborn bolts out, I need to replace one of the nuts. The impact gun nearly completely stripped one.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:07 AM   #9
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You need a breaker bar and a length of pipe, like the pipe from a floor jack or similar. If you can't break it with a 4' long bar, you kids need to ask dad for help.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:19 PM   #10
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one guy position breaker bar.. other guy sit on breaker bar

ta daaa!!
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:02 PM   #11
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we had a bad rear strut bolt once......30" long 1/2" drive breaker bar....6' piece of fence pipe on it......2 of us....400ish pounds... hanging on it......bouncing it

when it let go...it sounded like a gunshot....dumped both of us on our asses....the neighbor lady came out and was gonna call the police on us

that was a good one
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:16 PM   #12
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Well, I got both bolts out. One came loose with the heat method, and I'm pretty sure the other would have too, had it not been stripped worse than a hooker at Tanned Fannies... That one had to be cut off. Looks like my car will be down til at least Tuesday, since Subaru of Las Vegas is closed on Sundays and I didn't see the bolt at Lowes. I got the closest thing I could find and it's too big. Oh well, lesson learned, always work on your car on Friday and Saturday, so you can go to the dealership for replacement parts, haha.
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