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Old 01-29-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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Member#: 67200
Join Date: Jul 2004
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Rockies
2004 WRX
TiC Tok'd evoIII

Unhappy HELP--crosshthreaded and looking @ $$$$

Yesterday I installed rear differential outrigger bushings. The long bolt on the driver side seemed to thread normally until about 1 cm from the plate when it became difficult and finally would not continue until flush. The other side was a breeze.
The bolt had one damaged thread which I "rethreaded" with a nut until it worked on and off smoothly, but the same scenario played out when I tried it again. I tried the normal bolt from the R side, and it wouldn't thread in.
So, as you can see, I was worried the threads in the frame were damaged. I went to 4 stores; none had a tool and die set with the proper size (the bolt is an M 12 /1.25 thread pattern).
The Subaru dealership today said the exhaust and tranny must be dropped to access the thread to tap it, and the mechanic said he didn't know of any tap (if I'm using the correct term) that was long enough to fit through the bushing and up into the bolt hole to rethread it.
The quote for repair is $540+. This is a bitter little pill.
Can anyone lend any advice or know of a tap that will reach?
Failing that, does anyone have a favored mechanic in the Columbus, OH area?
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:29 PM   #2
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Join Date: Jan 2006
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Location: Rock Creek (Portland)
2006 Stage 2 STi


totally gheto... but trim 1cm from the bolt, or add 1cm spacer (washer) at the head.
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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+1 Try a 1 cm spacer & see if that works.
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:42 PM   #4
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You cross posted this thread, I replied to your other post.

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