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Old 05-05-2016, 06:41 AM
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WK sway bar and shock removal

I'm late to the party, but my SRT8 sway bar and rear shocks came yesterday! I'm just replacing shocks with new OEM WK shocks as I like the factory ride.

But I couldn't get the bolts loose. I was able to turn the sway bar bolt that connects to the sway link, but the whole thing turns. It looks like I need a small 7 or 8mm socket on the bolt end, and then a open ended wrench to turn that nut, and I figured I'd remove the sway bar with and the arms attached and then remove that nut, but I couldn't get the bracket bolts loose either. There's no enough room in there for a socket and a wrench to remove the nut from that bolt connecting to the sway arm.

I tried some penetrating oil (50/50 acetone + atf) on those bolts, but no luck. So I moved on to the shocks, and I couldn't get the lower bolt on the shock loose either.

I'm going to Sears this afternoon to pick up some tools to try again over the weekend. Longer breaker bar, pneumatic impact gun, and some kroil. But I was curious if you guys have any recommendations on how to get those bolts loose? Should I use a little heat from a torch? Just a longer breaker bar to get more leverage? Is it possible to remove the sway bar with the arm attached?

Appreciate any advice!!

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Old 05-06-2016, 12:41 AM
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Re: WK sway bar and shock removal

A shot of kroil and a craftsman heavy duty impact wrench made quick work of the shock bolts... i'll do the sway bar tomorrow
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Re: WK sway bar and shock removal

i cant remeber my wk but pretty sure you need to use an allen to HOLD the link bolt while you try and undo the nut.
allen goes into end of bolt.
i want to say it was an 8mm allen but its been a few years
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Re: WK sway bar and shock removal

I got it installed tonight, less one bolt. I snapped one bolt, nearest the lower driver side.. I couldn't get in there with an impact gun so I used a breaker bar... I guess another reason to call them breaker bars.

The bolt is frozen in there. I tried all night to free that sombitch. . . but no luck. I need to find a shop tomorrow to cut the welded nut off so I can put a bolt in there...

Later, I purchased a non-impact proto swivel socket and used it in my impact gun for that upper bolt. That would have been the ticket for the lower bolt too... There's really no way to get that bolt out... I've tried just about everything.

I'll post a shot of the snapped bolt.
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Re: WK sway bar and shock removal

This is prior to install of the new sway bar....

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Re: WK sway bar and shock removal

I got two words. Air hammer.







Any harm running with an unwelded nut?
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Re: WK sway bar and shock removal

Need to install the front SRT bar too, as they are designed to work in pairs. The understeer is horrible with just the rear bar installed. I ran with just the rear for a few months and could not push it at all in the twisties from excessive understeer. Also sway bars effect spring rates, and the ride is funky with just the rear bar; front is wallowy and rear too tight.
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Re: WK sway bar and shock removal

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Need to install the front SRT bar too, as they are designed to work in pairs. The understeer is horrible with just the rear bar installed. I ran with just the rear for a few months and could not push it at all in the twisties from excessive understeer. Also sway bars effect spring rates, and the ride is funky with just the rear bar; front is wallowy and rear too tight.
Thanks dmsfun!!! I appreciate the advice. I ordered the front and the bushings along with 4 new bolts. It looks easy enough to replace, so that'll be fun.

Seems like a bit of a ghost town in here, I think everyone now has a WK2. I'm not ready to sign up for more debt, so I'm going to give my 07 a refresh.
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