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Morons made my car, what about yours? #114321 Feb 28, 5:08pm Feb 28, 5:08pm
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Morons made my car, what about yours?
I learned the hard way why not to try and install your own springs in ILLINOIS where salt destroys ALL! See the bolt in the picture, it was desinged by a moron that should die. For anyone who knows, the middle of it is an allen key part and the outside is a 14mm nut. well even after using several liquids to eat the rust, the middle allen key still completely stripped to a circle while I tried to remove, but its halfway out now so...

is it important for that bushing parts of the link to be completely tight or can I not drive my car temporarily? I see that it is connected to swaybar, will this be a problem(its loose at top where it connects to strut)

BTW this is not my car, borrowed pic

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Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: OOSilver_S] #114322 Feb 28, 5:12pm Feb 28, 5:12pm
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Yeah, I totally know what you're talking about

But I don't know if you can drive it with the end links loose

Maybe it is. But I wouldn't take corners hard though and I have the end link completely out

Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: beans] #114323 Feb 28, 5:39pm Feb 28, 5:39pm
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heat the bolt up first and use vice grips and the strength of Superman.
if that doesn't work, use a dremel tool and try to carefully cut the nut off and replace it w/ a new one.
or do what i did ,and use air tools grin

good luck.

oh yea, and i don't think you can get away with driving it like that. you should get it fixed asap.


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Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: element_celica] #114324 Feb 28, 6:13pm Feb 28, 6:13pm
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I drove with my end links on the right completely stripped out for some time. I had it tapped and re-tightened when I replaced my front dampers. I would recommend that you fix it as soon as possible. If you have to drive take it way easy. You could really mess something up if that becomes looser and you push your luck. By the way, my car handled like a wet noodle and wasn't safe at all - very dangerous.

Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: OOSilver_S] #114325 Feb 28, 6:46pm Feb 28, 6:46pm
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i just did this install today and i had the same problem. this is what you do.
1. find a small vice grip (4 or 5 dollars at a hardware store thumbsup)
2. on the backside of the bracket grip the bolt with the vise grips. git it on there good and tight.
3. hold vice grips and take the nut off

dont fret, its super easy fix thumbsup thumbsup


a kid told me that celicas handle like crap... i laughed
Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: fastceli2001] #114326 Feb 28, 6:48pm Feb 28, 6:48pm
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Originally Posted by fastceli2001
i just did this install today and i had the same problem. this is what you do.
1. find a small vice grip (4 or 5 dollars at a hardware store thumbsup)
2. on the backside of the bracket grip the bolt with the vise grips. git it on there good and tight.
3. hold vice grips and take the nut off

dont fret, its super easy fix thumbsup thumbsup


that sounds good

be prepared to dish out $60 bucks for that small part

Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: beans] #114327 Feb 28, 8:01pm Feb 28, 8:01pm
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it would be a good idea to heat it up with a small torch before doing so , that way the metal can expand some.


rip celi...
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Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: element_celica] #114328 Feb 28, 8:51pm Feb 28, 8:51pm
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Originally Posted by element_celica
it would be a good idea to heat it up with a small torch before doing so , that way the metal can expand some.
that would just make it harder to take off


a kid told me that celicas handle like crap... i laughed
Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: OOSilver_S] #114329 Feb 28, 8:53pm Feb 28, 8:53pm
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HA ha ha ha, DIE!!!! That's a funny photoshop.


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Re: Morons made my car, what about yours? [Re: OOSilver_S] #114330 Feb 29, 5:08pm Feb 29, 5:08pm
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yeah..your car will handle like crap if your endlinks are loose.

after i installed my springs, i realized i didn't tighten one of the end links tight enough and the car felt pretty unstable. also, whenever i hit a bump it made this loud clanking sound..sounded like my car was gonna fall apart.

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