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#1 2018-08-16 09:16:14

Asar2525
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From: Vermont
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Rear Sway Bar Bracket Bolts

Hi everyone!

New to the forum and the world of Saabarus. Picked up an '05 Aero back in April and have been slowly working on it.

My latest issue is that I broke ALL four of the bolts on the rear sway bar brackets while trying to remove them for my Forester strut/spring lift. So for right now I have the rear sway bar completely off with the ends of the bolts in the frame. I'm going to drill them out and replace the bolts, but before I do, does anyone know or can easily find out what the thread size and pitch is for these bolts? I believe they're M8's but a lot of these suspension parts are fine thread, while some are not. I wanted to make sure I have the right tap and bolts before I pull it back in the garage, mostly because I have to pull the fuel filler neck each time I work on the passenger side.

Thank you guys for any insight and I look forward to being a member on this forum!


'05 Saab 9-2X Aero, Cold Weather Package, Forester Lift
'99 Mazda B4000 4x4
'16 Subaru Impreza
'00 Toyota Tundra (Farm truck)

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#2 2018-08-16 11:45:29

Rodman
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Re: Rear Sway Bar Bracket Bolts

I just had to deal with a broken swaybar mount bolt on my daily driver aero. I purchased a new bolt from my local dealer and a tap from Lowes, I'll take a look at it when I get home later tonight and post it for you.
I broke one on the driver side, it was easy to drill and tap, I'm happy the passenger side bolts all came out, dealing with the gas tank filler and charcoal canister on that side to be able to remove the bolts was not too much fun. I feel very bad for you dude.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm STi ver 7 drivetrain.
2005 desert silver aero, work horse JDM EJ205 AVCS
2002 bugeye, sedan :-( new project

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#3 2018-08-17 11:52:40

Asar2525
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Re: Rear Sway Bar Bracket Bolts

You've had 3 Aeros? You're devout.

I've dealt with a fair deal of rust in my life, and I knew what I was getting into when I bought the car. Fortunately I freed up the fuel filler neck and replaced all the bolts/clamps on those lines so I can take it off easily when I go to drill and tap!

Thread and pitch on that tap would be perfect!


'05 Saab 9-2X Aero, Cold Weather Package, Forester Lift
'99 Mazda B4000 4x4
'16 Subaru Impreza
'00 Toyota Tundra (Farm truck)

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#4 2018-08-17 11:59:39

krazykarguy
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Re: Rear Sway Bar Bracket Bolts

I'm originally from VT as well. My condolences for your iron oxide and broken bolt issues - that's a game I've played many times. Pray you don't need ball joints.

I'm sure you're well aware by this point, as you've already had your head in the rear wheel wells innumerable times - but the rear strut towers of these cars are extremely susceptible to rot. Make sure your car isn't already a victim.


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2014 Ford Mustang GT Premium 6MT - Sterling Gray Metallic

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#5 2018-08-20 10:09:06

Asar2525
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From: Vermont
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Re: Rear Sway Bar Bracket Bolts

Fortunately I checked the car over pretty thoroughly before I bought it. Rockers are gone and the front subframe was rusted out, but the rest of the car is in pretty good shape as far as rust goes! Including the front and rear strut towers. I checked the underside when I changed the struts and springs out and they even still had paint on them! I plan on going over the entire underside with POR15 once I get the car on the road. As far as ball joints, I'll replace those before I get an alignment. Still have lots to do on the car but I got it for a good price and can do most of the work so I can justify it to myself!


'05 Saab 9-2X Aero, Cold Weather Package, Forester Lift
'99 Mazda B4000 4x4
'16 Subaru Impreza
'00 Toyota Tundra (Farm truck)

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#6 2018-09-21 22:42:24

elislider
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Re: Rear Sway Bar Bracket Bolts

all parts for rear sway / suspension listed here
https://parts.subaru.com/a/Subaru_2005_ … 01-01.html

oddly the bolts are in the diagram but not on the parts list
but i'm pretty sure by crossreferencing they are Subaru part number 901250075

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