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Differential Torque Rods

PostPost by: tdafforn » Tue Dec 02, 2003 5:13 pm

Dear All,
I am in the process of rebuilding the rear suspension and now I have access to the differential I thought I would replace the bushes on the torque rods (?) that connect the diff' to the chassis. What I can't work out is whether the attachment is via a straight forward bolt or is the bolt welded to the chassis (mine won't budge and I don't what to push it until I knwo I can replace it with a normal bolt)
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Tue Dec 02, 2003 5:32 pm

Tim,
I have seen both loose and fixed bolts, although I believe they originally were fixed by just a small tack weld. The tack weld breaks and the bolt becomes loose.
Check the frame around the bolt hole as it is prone to cracking around the attachment point.
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PostPost by: tdafforn » Tue Dec 02, 2003 8:31 pm

Glad I got in touch with you guys, I was just contemplating the big
hammer approach to getting the bolt out, I've already got the lock nut
off. So, is the torque rod removable with the dif in
position?
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:25 am

Tim,
Absolutely. Once the lock nut and conical nut are removed, pull the rod off the 'stud'. Obviously, the end in the diff case will have to be undone, also. Then pull out of diff.

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PostPost by: tdafforn » Fri Dec 05, 2003 10:21 am

Hi All,
Cleared away underseal and crap and have found my conical nuts (ooeer)!
Thanks every one
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