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trunk lid torsion bars removal

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trunk lid torsion bars removal

Postby username on Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:03 pm

As the title says how does one go about removing or at least detensioning the torsion bars for the trunk lid?

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Re: trunk lid torsion bars removal

Postby Bonnewagon on Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:26 pm

Book says to use a vice-grips and long handled screwdriver. Prop trunk lid open so as not to fall on your head. Grab the shaft with the vice-grips and use the screwdriver to pry the adjustment end out of the grooves to readjust tension or remove.
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Re: trunk lid torsion bars removal

Postby username on Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:32 pm

so nothing exotic just good ole man handling huh? Have you ever tried it? I guess the book says to use a long handled tool so you dont pinch your digits :lol:

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Re: trunk lid torsion bars removal

Postby Bonnewagon on Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:41 pm

Funny thing is older manuals say to use the special long handled tool with great leverage, yet the 83' book I have says screwdriver- go figure. I've done it- be carefull- lots of stored energy in those rods. My Firebirds had the rod welded to the body- not good. At least these are removable.
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Re: trunk lid torsion bars removal

Postby username on Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:07 pm

Thanks for the input Bonnewagon


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