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I am having my frame powdercoated and I want to know if anyone has any secrets on getting the subframe off and seperating the frame (aluminum part from steel part) I have tried allen sockets with a huge breaker bar and heat and an impact gun with no luck!
 

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i just took my subframe off and had it painted last week. the bolts were really tight i broke a allen socket but i was able to get it off
 

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does the service manual give any tips on removal?
 

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I thought they had some kind of safety thing to them, so that you couldnt just take a regular allen to them...isnt there like a center piece in the allen slot not allowing a regular allen.

I do know you have to get new bolts after....you cant reuse the old ones.

Maybe I am thinking of the ones that join the aluminum frame to the steel...... :)
 

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I had to heat up the subframe and use an impact gun on mine. The bolts that hold the rear section were even harder to get out.
 

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Be sure to tighten the crap out of the bolts that hold the subframe when you reinstall. I removed mine and reinstalled it but aperently i didn't tigten them tight enough and I Notice my subframe was loose about a month later. By running them loose it had wallowed the holes in the subframe out (I run alot of mx). I had to drill the subframe out and install bushings to get it where it would stay tight again. I am sure the repair manual has some torque specs that would have been helpful.
 

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There is a small boss in the middle of the opening, these are suppossedly tamper proof. Just drill a hole in the end of the allen wrench so it can fully seat when you pour the coals to the breaker bar. I wouldn't be at all suprised if there was red loctite or some kind of thread retaining epoxy used on the threads. I would look at the back side of the treads towrds the intake area to see what's there.
 
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