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Old 07-20-2021, 03:30 PM   #1
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I had to pull one of my stabilizers in order to repair it. I had two bolts twist off on me. I used kroil on them and worked them backwards and forth. I knew all along they would break off just that gut filling from taking many out. I will drop the belly pan enough to see what the are mounted in. My question to you folks is. Have any of you ever takin these stabilizers off before? If so what did you run into? Do you think I can drill me a couple more holes beside the old ones and mount them back up that way? This material for the arms looks like cast or something . Not galvanized I don’t believe. Any thoughts on making this repair and issues I might run into? Thanks for your help
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:49 PM   #2
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I removed three of the stabilizers so I could paint them. The fourth felt too tight to remove without encountering your problem. So I sprayed it with rust penetrating oil a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t had a chance to go back too it.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:07 AM   #3
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I removed three of the stabilizers so I could paint them. The fourth felt too tight to remove without encountering your problem. So I sprayed it with rust penetrating oil a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t had a chance to go back too it.
I was hoping the same thing for mine. It’s a 83 I had thought about painting them years ago and didn’t. I hit a low spot at the lake backing in. This one didn’t get retracted all the way and caught in the ground. Bent it up and broke the ear on the angle. So it needed to come off.
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So I got the arm reshaped and the stabilizer cleaned up. I flattened the ear out and now ready to weld the ear on and go dig those broken bolts out. Going to try and weld a nut on the end of broken bolt hopefully the heat will break the scale loose and I can ease it out. Does anyone know if there is anything behind the seam on the belly pan where theses bolts are at that might be a issue for me using this method? Also are these olympic rivets and what is this sealer they used to seal joint on belly pan? Thank you for your input.
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So I sprayed it with rust penetrating oil a couple of weeks ago.
I just successfully removed the stuck bolt. It came off as easily as the other bolts. I used Liquid Wrench Penetrating Oil (spray can) on the exposed threads, screwed the bolt back in, and left it for a couple of weeks (busy with other projects).
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A impact wrench can remove bolts some times w/out breaking as steady pull will.
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