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HI,
Looking to remove the plastic fuel tank of a 1996 164 twinspark and wondering if can take it out without removing the rear sway bar - rear subframe would be removed first.
Am I just being optimistic or is there a chance the tank could squeeze past the sway bar?
 

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You have to alteast drop rear cross-member at least on the side you got the two bolts out of and bent it down some and remove sway bar from trailing arms. You might be able to remove 6 bolts from trailing arms attach points and drop sway be that way, too.

There is some major corrosion under that body isn't there?

Did you try to bend rear cross-member down to put tension on last spinning M8 bolt while trying to remove bolt?
 

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You have to alteast drop rear cross-member at least on the side you got the two bolts out of and bent it down some and remove sway bar from trailing arms. You might be able to remove 6 bolts from trailing arms attach points and drop sway be that way, too.

There is some major corrosion under that body isn't there?

Did you try to bend rear cross-member down to put tension on last spinning M8 bolt while trying to remove bolt?
Thanks Steve,

I got the rear cross member/subframe off now. Drilled through the sticking bolt.

There is indeed some corrosion underneath. Think the car was parked in a field for a year or more.
Had hoped not to need to remove the sway bar with the subframe out - the sway bar bolts look majorly corroded and it also helps stabilise the trailing arms - now missing lateral support from the other arms.
 

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Before trying to remove any bolts suspected of being corroded, or seized, spray them liberally with penetrating oil and beat on them with a hammer and punch if needed.
 
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