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Old 10-20-2004, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default 04 STI Lateral link bolts - stuck!!

Ok, trying to replace my '04 STI lateral links with some Poltec's, I've managed to get the rear most two lateral links off, but I can't loosen the front most (closest to the gas tank) bolts. I've tried penetrating lube and put so much torque on it that my breaker bar is bending. I broke one socket already and am now using my impact gun sockets. It is 17mm and just will NOT move -- is there some secret to getting these bolts out?? I can't get a open ended wrench long enough to fit on the nut side, so I'm using a standard 17mm open ended rachet and 17mm socket on the other end with my breaker bar.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Rob.
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Old 10-21-2004, 12:17 AM   #2
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Whack 'em with a hammer or heat 'em.
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Old 10-21-2004, 12:36 AM   #3
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I don't want to heat them as there is rubber in the stock lateral links that would burn/melt -- and they are also right next to the gas tank, so I'll skip that potential explosion. Does anyone know if dealers keep these bolts in stock? I may have to cut the end off the bolt with a cutting wheel.

To be honest this is just crazy, there should NOT be this much torque on these bolts, there really is no need. I'm at 300 ft/lbs of torque and they still will not break loose. What the hell are Subaru playing at??!! These are hardened 17mm and I'm currently applying more torque than is recommend for this grade bolt. I have a 500 ft/lbs air gun and it still doesn't budge!
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Old 10-21-2004, 01:30 AM   #4
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heat teh bolt, not the bushing.
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Old 10-21-2004, 05:15 AM   #5
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ha.. i remember those bolts.. man those suckers were tight.

BOFslime used really long bar
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Old 10-21-2004, 10:26 AM   #6
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Use some WD40 or PB blaster. That's what I used when I had difficulty removing one of the stock rear endlinks. Apply a generous amount and let it sit for 1 hour. If it doesn't work apply more WD40 and try again after it sits for another hour. It's a tedious job but well worth it, my stock rear endlinks were bent so I replaced them with Hotchkis endlinks.
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Old 10-21-2004, 10:50 AM   #7
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got to turn the nut.. find a longer closed end wrench or put a pipe or something over yours.

they're a pain but they come out.
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Old 10-21-2004, 08:13 PM   #8
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V8VENOM, I actually had to take my car to a shop to break those 2 bolts for me when I installed my Poltecs, they charged me $15. And I did try the pipe on the end +liquid wrench routine.

I was going nuts trying to get them off too. They get much more leverage standing under the car... anyhow, save yourselft the trouble and take it in...

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