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Hello, I'm having trouble moving that center bolt that lengthens/shortens the stock front strut tower bar. I tried some WD-40 on it, but still no luck. Any tips/tricks? I'm just about to give up and buy a Tanabe Front Strut Bar because I am having that much trouble with the stock one. Thanks in advance for any help!
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Did you loosen the jam nuts?

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it has a REVERSE thread pattern!

you will need TWO wrenches, one to hold one bolt...and the other to loosen the other....i suggest using two LARGE crescent wrenches to get some fulcrum going.

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QUOTE (danimaldaisy @ Mar 21 2009, 07:43 PM)
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it has a REVERSE thread pattern!

you will need TWO wrenches, one to hold one bolt...and the other to loosen the other....i suggest using two LARGE crescent wrenches to get some fulcrum going.

best advice i can give at the moment.
You know, my slow mind couldn't fathom using two wrenches for some insane reason...Thanks! I will give that a try...tomorrow, hehe.
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Did you loosen the jam nuts?
Hi Cerberus, are the jam nuts the bolts on either side of the center bolt?
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Yeah. Remember one is a left hand thread.

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Yeah, and look at the threads to figure out which way to turn to loosen the nuts. They'll take about 40ft-lbs to move, give or take. So you'll have to put some muscle into it.. make sure you're huffin it in the right direction.
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did you get it figured out?

Hi Steve, I haven't tried since Saturday night. When I ge thome today, I'm going to try the two-wrench approach to see if I can loosen the center nut and/or the two jam nuts. I'll update this thread as soon as I give it a shot, whether I am successful or not.
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Hi Steve, I haven't tried since Saturday night. When I ge thome today, I'm going to try the two-wrench approach to see if I can loosen the center nut and/or the two jam nuts. I'll update this thread as soon as I give it a shot, whether I am successful or not.
SUCCESS! Using the two-wrench method, I am able to adjust the length of the strut bar. Thanks for that idea!

Different question now (should I be starting up another thread) I read that in order to properly put the strut bar back on, I should have the car lifted so that no weight is on the tires, and then put on the strut bar...any comments/experience?
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