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Hello everyone, I'm currently in the process of replacing the Hellwig front sway bar, and I wanted to put new ...


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Old 12-30-2016, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

I'm currently in the process of replacing the Hellwig front sway bar, and I wanted to put new F-150 end links on the front, however I am having a hard time removing the bottom bolt from the end link. I'm holding the top of the end link with a wrench and using a ratchet to remove the bolt, but the bolt turns with some resistance, but the bolt isn't moving. Is there something else keeping this bolt from coming out?

I appreciate the help!


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Old 12-30-2016, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used vice grips on the upper portion of the stock end link, mine became sacrificial.
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Old 12-30-2016, 06:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The top portion doesn't move at all when I'm spinning the nut at the bottom because my wrench is holding it firm just under the top threads. Should I be holding the end link at a different location?
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You will need to hold the lower hex when loosening the lower nut. I encountered the same thing and right before I took a sawzall to it....I noticed the lower hex. I used a ratcheting box end wrench for the nut and a 5/16? box for the hex.

Here they are removed (notice the lower hex)



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That picture is actually very helpful! Alright, lets see if I can get these off before dark!

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Quite possibly the most frustrating design I have ever seen in my life. My 3/4 12 point box wrench wouldn't hold the recessed bolt without slipping as i turned the 5/16 hex at the bottom, while no other size I had worked on it. My Flex Heads also wouldn't fit up there.

So they are still on the truck until I can source a tool that will work in that recessed hole, while simultaneously allowing another socket / wrench for the bottom hex bolt.

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Frustrating is right....hence my sawzall comment. I was able to get a 19mm wrench in there at an angle and wedge it up against the frame just enough to hold the nut stationary, then started turning the hex (it was a bitch) but it worked.

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Found a way to take that thing off. I went down to Sears and found a Max Access Rachet which allows the threaded part of the bottom to slide through the ratchet, keeping access to the bottom hex.

Tools I used for that bottom bolt:

- 1/4 Inch Drive Ratchet
- 6 inch 1/4 inch extension
- 5/16" Socket

-3/8 Inch Drive Max Access Rachet
- 3 Inch 3/8 inch Max Access Extension
- 18 Inch, Max Access Socket

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You say put a F-150 part on a ram?

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