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Old 10-07-2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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So one of the bolts on the U bracket that holds the swaybar to the frame broke, so I have 3 out of the 4 bolts holding the sway to the frame.

I tried to extract it with some extractors I have but it's obviously rusted the **** in there. My next idea was just to drill thru it and do a bolt/nut, since it's already a thru bolt and I'd probly **** the threads while drilling.

Does anyone else have any other ideas?
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Drill it out and use a nut and bolt. You can weld in the replacement bolt if you're crafty.
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Living in Canada, all but 2 of the 6 bolts holding that sucker in broke.... drilled out and put a bolt/nut combo
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/\ +993 on above... Been there, done that. Bolt thru will be just fine.
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Penetrating oil a few days before an effort…sometimes helps avoid broken bolts. Don't reuse such bolts if you do get them out, have replacements handy.
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Alright, bolt/nut it is.

I put some pb blaster on the sway-bar, endlink and control arm bolts preparing for an alignment and new sway. Damn bolt still broke, hoping the shop doing my alignment will have better luck with my CA bolts :-\
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Got it fixed, the steering is much lighter now haha.
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I had this happen too. Pretty common i think. It was on the rear, so i just removed it.
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Well it held up to an autox event yesterday. It was my first time out in this car and first time out since June.

They did a two course setup, run 3 on first course, they switch it up, run 3 on the second course. The first course was more technical and was lower speeds, so I sucked it up. Second course was more of a momentum course, was even uphill but my car definitely flowed better on it.

Got beat by another e-stock on 225 a6s(vs my 205 r888s) by 0.8 seconds on the first course and I managed to beat him by .020 on the second course :-D.

My advantages: r-package springs and lighter
My disadvantages: older shocks, less grippier tires, skinnier tires, heavier wheels, really old really bad rear pads(lots of front lock-up:( )

I was happy with the day, enjoyed the national type two-course layout as well.
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