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Old 01-24-2019, 12:40 AM
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So I ended up rounding off the bolt shown in the pic after attempting to remove it so I could remove the pinion from the rack. Ended up getting it out using a bolt extractor but it's buggered up pretty good now. Anyway, I'd like to replace it so does anyone know the part # to search for? Or does anyone have one that isn't fubar that they want to sell?

Note to self... don't get frustrated and use an impact wrench on this bolt ever again.

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Old 01-24-2019, 12:42 AM
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Another shot of the bolt I rounded off for reference.

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Old 01-26-2019, 10:47 PM
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as someone who's doing this same thing right now, i feel for you...

i don't know if mazda sells it separate... might need to find a junk yard...
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Old 01-27-2019, 12:19 AM
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Managed to find someone who had a messed up rack that was able to spare the tensioner bolt so I can get mine back together. Just waiting on the post office to bring it. Then I can button things up.
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Amusingly enough... this is one of the things i loctite now that my car has AWR mounts and delrin diff bushings.

Because it has vibrated loose.

You did loosen the locknut first, right?
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Originally Posted by concealer404 View Post
Amusingly enough... this is one of the things i loctite now that my car has AWR mounts and delrin diff bushings.

Because it has vibrated loose.
That's good to know that you use locktite. I'm upgrading to poly & derlin everywhere on the car while I'm messing around with it. I'll stick some locktite in there to avoid issues when re-assembling it.

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You did loosen the locknut first, right?
Yep. Just that there was so much rust on it that it didn't matter. I should have used heat and let it sit w/ penetrating oil for longer but I got impatient and went for the rattle gun. Shame on me I guess.
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Use the "hold in place" not the "this is never coming off again" stuff.
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lol. Makes sense. I reserve locktite red for special occasions :-)
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what torque do you guys use on that bolt?
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The bolt itself i snug until the rack feels right. I'm sure there's an actual spec for it somewhere but meh.

The locknut i torque to allofitftlbs.
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