Stabilizer / Anti sway bar broken bolts
Just thought i would share this with everyone. The other weekend I heard a load POPPING noise coming from the rear area. Mostly when turning or "flexing" the machine. Come to find out the bolts in the stabilizer bar broke off. I rode the rest of the weekend with out the stabilizer bar on it. It had it's up and downs, no pun intended. In the turns it sucked but slow riding over really rough uneven terrain it was awesome since the suspension could really flex. Yeah, so I carried in the trailing arm into a machine shop and had them drill out the bolts and tap the holes. That ran $140 plus new hardware from fastenall ran me about $20. The factory bolts are class 8.8 which is equivalent to a standard grade 5 bolt. I replaced those with class 12.9 (170,000 tensile strength), stronger than a standard grade 8. Anyhow, moral of the post is, if you haven't replaced these bolt with something higher grade, I sure would before they break. A gentleman at a repair shop in WV told me his did the same thing and he stated that it is a common for the bolts to shear off.