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Old 03-02-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Question Stripped Endlink Bolt

So I put in a front sway bar a few days ago using the stock endlinks (just until the kartboy's i ordered arrive) and I'm having a really hard time tightening up the endlink. I got it to what i thought was tight enough, but I have some serious clunking. I've tried holding the bolt with an allen key, wedging the allen key up against the sway bar, and using a small ratchet to hold it still, but it still won't turn and starts to strip.

Any suggestions/techniques I'm missing? I heard PB blaster works well, anyone try this on endlinks?
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Clunking? This happened to me before. The end link hole actually egged itself out because the previous owner never tightened them tight enough. The hole the bolt goes through was about twice the size than it should be. I ended up welding two washers to the front and back of the hole to create a new hole for the end link to go through.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:44 PM   #3
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Gotcha - the holes are actually fine, my issue is getting the bolt on the endlink to stay still while i tighten the nut.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:30 PM   #4
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I also had the same issue, my bolt kept moving around in the hole because it was to big.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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Gotcha - the holes are actually fine, my issue is getting the bolt on the endlink to stay still while i tighten the nut.
There is a allen wrench opening in the end of the bolt. Put your wrench on the the Allen key, and tighten it down.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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There is a allen wrench opening in the end of the bolt. Put your wrench on the the Allen key, and tighten it down.
Thanks, I've tried, it starts to strip when i try to tighten. I think the hardware is just too rusted/old. I'll just wait for my new endlinks/hardware.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:13 PM   #7
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So today i found that the end of the bolt where you put in the allen key is totally stripped. Any ideas of how i can get it out?
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #8
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At this point, put the death grip on them with a set of vise grips.

Or cut 'em off.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:38 PM   #9
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I ended up cutting mine off for the same reason.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:24 AM   #10
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When all else fails, +10 for Vise grip!
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:47 AM   #11
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Nut splitter worked for me.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:59 AM   #12
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Do you have a link for said nut splitter? I was looking for one last night just to put in my bag of tricks. But not sure which one to buy.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:11 AM   #13
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Do you have a link for said nut splitter? I was looking for one last night just to put in my bag of tricks. But not sure which one to buy.
Ah wish I saw this, ended up cutting it off with grinder. Not as easy as you'd think.
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:23 PM   #14
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Cool Subaru Stripped End Links? Quick & Easy Solution!

I came up with a quick and easy solution to this problem today. Check out this picture, and the next 4 after it.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

Please note, this method relies upon you getting the nut far enough off the threads where you can fit a pair of channel lock pliers, REALLY, REALLY tight. In one of the pictures you can see the pliers I used.... you want something beefy, not dinky. The other thing I didn't mention, is I used a ton of rust penetrant while trying to get the nuts off, before the hex's stripped out about when the nut was about 70% clear of the threads. What I was also doing, to try and avoid strippage, was back out the nut till it starts to get pretty difficult... then spin it righty tighty a little. Then clean the threads of all the rust that will be be splooging out of the threads (if you live in a salty ass region like Ontario, at least).

Even with being THAT careful and slow, I still stripped the hex nut in both rear end links. I replaced my front endlinks with Moog units about a month ago, and one of my OEM end links needed to be cut off due to this BS. Or so I thought Hopefully this will save everyone from busting out the angle grinder / dremmel.

If I just saved you from hacking up your OEM end links (or calling them garbage because the hex has stripped) and having to buy a new set for $150...... I'll accept grateful donations to my rally car build fund
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