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Old 12-09-2017, 01:33 PM
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Hi Guys

Anyone with any advice on removing stuck torsion bars, Ive got the rear bolts completely removed then removed the metal circlip. When I try to pull back the bars to release the front they just wont to budge.

I backed off the 3 bolts at the control arm side but they just don't want to move. I Think the Problem I have is that i'm on my back under the ute on axle stands and don't have much room to work, so to pull on them is hard to get much on them.

I noticed there were no dust boots on them either so I don't know if they are full of sand and dirt. Ive given them a good soak in WD40 and was going for another attempt tomorrow. I tried giving them light taps with a hammer too but no luck.

Any one got any tips in removing these stubborn Ba#####s?

Any info would be much appreciated

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Old 12-09-2017, 07:05 PM
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Hi, normally you have to jack the front of the vehicle up so the wheels hang down and then slide the torsion bars back. If you don't then they still have tension on them. Might need a bit of a tap as well.

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Old 12-09-2017, 07:08 PM
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Sorry but I was assuming you have also removed the cross member if not you will have to support the gearbox and then drop the cross member as well

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Old 13-09-2017, 09:55 AM
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yea mate front is up off the ground on stands, Wheels hanging and rear anchor bolts completely removed so there should be no tension on the bars, I just cant get them to pop out the front, Been soaking over night now in WD, another attempt but they are just stuck in, Cant get a proper pull on them whilst on my back under the ute, they just seem solid. Been tapping away lightly with a small hammer but no luck so far!!

Think my arms will fall off before they give!!

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Old 13-09-2017, 11:39 AM
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For memory, on the control arm theres a collar type part with 3 nuts on it, 2 small 1 big (24mm i think) once u undo them slide the collar back on the torsion bar and swing the torsion bar down and pull out.

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Old 13-09-2017, 02:27 PM
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yea Ben I got them bolts out, one was 22mm and 2x14mm, the collar part is also stuck and wont budge, had a good go at it with a hammer and nothing seems to want to move.

Ute has only done 75000k's so everything underneath is clean, no rust or anything. The only thing I noticed with them 3 bolts was there seemed to be some Red Lock tight type stuff on them and they took some effort to crack. I don't know if that was on it from factory or the bars have been played with by previous owner. I have only undone them bolts on the driver side so far so I don't know if that stuff is on the other side as well but to be honest the bolts seem new and untouched.

Ute had Steel bar on the front when I bought it so I don't know how long its been on but the front suspension had sagged drastically, I'm just worried that the receiver and the splines are done.

Don't know what else to try, Its had a serious soak now for 2 days with WD...my last hope was to buy a gas blow torch tomorrow and try some serious heat on it, other than that i'm stumped to be honest.

Might have to reassemble and take it in somewhere.

Every video clip I've seen on torsion bars they seem to fall out of the car!!

Trust my luck really.

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Old 13-09-2017, 10:59 PM
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Hi I just read the last post from ben85 and checked your original post. When you say you backed off the three nuts on the retainer flang I have assumed you meant completely removed the flang. If you didn't then it won't budge. I might be right of track but it's worth mentioning.
It should come of relatively easily though

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Old 16-09-2017, 11:02 AM
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yea cheers mate, finally got them done, they were a job to get out, had to hammer out the cover off them after releasing the 3 nuts.... all sorted now though thank god

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Old 16-09-2017, 01:35 PM
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It's so nice to be on the other end of a problem.. just so sweet!

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Old 17-09-2017, 07:23 AM
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So I learnt the hard way here, How not to adjust you'r new bars to the nissan spec.

Aftet adjusting the anchor arms to the nissan spec, ( Think it was something like 23-32mm of protrusion from the crosmember to the bottom of the bolt on the ankor arm before inserting the bar) then Tightening up to 70mm (from the lower bolt to the top of the bolt ) The car just sat on the bumpstops.

So had to re start, Eventualy i adjusted the anchor arms to full lenght (with the firts bolt flush with the top sitting on the crossmember) Then tightened them all up, That gave it enough grab to lift the front up with plenty of room to adjust more if needed. She now sits perfect with exactly 70mm of down travel on both sides at 740mm from lower rim to arch.

Next time I think ill just pay the guys down at the shop to do it as it was a Battle to say the least!!! They said they would have only charged me $100 to sort em out.. Forgot to mention that I completely rounded the 2 14mm nuts on the cover on my second attempt, so I had to either remove the Bottom arm or grind and drill out the bolts....I went for option B!! and nearly died in the process, My little cordless power drill also nearly kicked the bucket!! Anyway, Got new High tensile bolts from bunnings! Just got to keep an eye on these now as I had to put 3 washers on it as theres only about 5mm clearance at the back between the bottom arm and had to adjust to get them to fit.

Anyway was a Battle in the end due to me making a small job a huge one! Very happy with the new ride though its a 100% better than what she was. Hopefully some one will read this and not make the same mistakes I did ����

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