Sway bar brackets threads stripped out

fly_25

Apprentice
Oct 20, 2020
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Need some advice on how to fix this. I was installing my front sway bar and when I was torquing the bolts for the frame brackets the bolt let go and took all the threads out the frame with it. Does anyone have any experience with this? Or this kind of repair? Metal seems too thin for a helicoil. Thanks!
 

ELCAM

Greasemonkey
Jun 19, 2021
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On the passenger side there are holes in the frame for the idler arm bolt access you should be able to put nuts on the bolts with needle nose pliers.

On the drivers side you will need to pull the bumper and shock and insert the nuts from there. One trick is to use metal strapping used to secure pallets. Tack weld a nut to the a piece of strap and slide it into the frame horn.
 
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64nailhead

Goat Herder
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Dec 1, 2014
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Drill and tap to the next larger size. You can use metric as well when finding the next size larger.
 
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565bbchevy

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Aug 8, 2011
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I have drilled out the frame and re tapped it in the next size up and then opened up the holes in the sway bar mount to that size and used Allenhead bolts to give the extra clearance needed because of the larger diameter.
I also do this in 1/2" for the frame mounts on the jounce bars
 
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Supercharged111

Royal Smart Person
Oct 25, 2019
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Better bring those forearms to set the things.

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565bbchevy

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