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Performance Upgrades - Maintenance - Modifications - Problem Solving. Covering the Explorer, ST, Lincoln Aviator, Sport Trac, Mercury Mountaineer, Mazda Navajo, Ford Ranger, Mazda Pickups, and the Aerostar.
I went to replace the sway bar bushings on my stock 97 sport, and the threads disappeared on the cross member. #1 )How can this be fixed. #2 )How can I make my Xploder as bad ass as the stuff I've seen here?
Threads disappeared? If the front sway bar bracket holes are stripped, try chasing the threads or re-tap one larger size.
The rear bracket bolts use extruded u-nuts that are replaceable or a regular or lock nut and washer can be used instead.
I think the only threads were on nuts welded to the inside of the cross member, apparently as it was being manufactured. The holes are .550" diameter, and the bolt has a .465" major diameter.
I can't reach the backside of the hole to replace the nut. The cross member is too thin to be threaded directly.
BTW, only 1 side is lost, so I can compare. But the effect is the same. It gets pretty wobbly, side to side, on the highway.
I'd need washers on that, and a way to stop it from turning. My frame isn't that thick, and I can't even touch the backside of these holes with my finger, let alone with a wrench. Someone suggested a rivnut type fastener, but they don't come close to 12 MM.