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Drewfus2101 02-08-2011 10:06 PM

Under my car tonight, noticed Sway Bar not bolted on?!
By drewfus2101 at 2011-02-08

I'm doing a general repair on the car, and was under it with the under tray off, when I noticed that the front bolt of the sway bar bracket was on, but the rear wasn't. And that was on both sides.

You could see on the studs that there had been a nut on there at one time. They didn't look stripped though. I'm hopping to be able to get a jack up under there while I'm working and get it back bolted on while I'm doing the big overhaul.

Anyone know the thread size?

dreamdrivedrift 02-08-2011 10:28 PM

no, but you can look on realOEM for it or just get another nut from the dealer

MrWesson 02-08-2011 10:45 PM

They look stripped to me but it could just be the picture.

If not I would remove the other nut and find out the size.

SalM 02-08-2011 11:01 PM

Idk if its just the pic, but I think it looks stripped too.

Drewfus2101 02-09-2011 09:14 AM

Now that I've got some time on a computer, it looks like it's an M8 nut. I'll pick some up locally and see what happens.

I hope that what you can see in the pic, and what I see under the car, is just paint coming off the threads. I'll run a thread chase on there first and see what happens.

If that fails, I guess it will have to be welded on.

MrWesson 02-09-2011 11:33 AM

What about when you need to change the bushing?

If you do weld it make sure to only tack it.

Drewfus2101 02-10-2011 02:53 PM

Well, I got lucky. Looks like someone just left the nuts off.

Picked some up at the local BMW parts *****house. Cleaned the threads, bushings and bar. Also had to bend the brackets back into shape. Lubed everything with white lithium grease and it's back together.

Just another reason why everyone should always do their own work.

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