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Broken 914 torsion bar

Hate to be a pain, I have a broken torsion bar on my 1972 914. I was able without to much trouble to get the most of it out of the back. (20+ inches). I read on the forum you have to drill from the front and tap out the rest. Below is the picture I took of the front. I removed a big "cover" I think the dust cover(?). I'm hoping someone can confirm from the picture, the middle of round circle that looks like the back bracket is where I should drill and then tap out? As always thank you!

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Yes, that disk needs to come out. It is a tight press fit. Good luck.

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Thanks for confirming Keith! Sound like I have a big job in front of me. I was surprised I was able to bet the back off the almost all the broken bar out. Thanks again I appreciate the help!
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You may actually find it easier to remove the wishbone from the car, it isn't too difficult. I had a similar situation with a TB I couldn't remove. Used a substantial hammer to drive it forward which popped out the plug. Be sure to grease the splines and the TB when reinstalling. I used a sealant on the plug to prevent water intrusion. Also remember to include the seal underneath the TB adjuster when reinstalling.

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Keith, thanks. I just spen a hour trying to get the broken part out no luck. I will drill a bigger hole tomorrow and get a bigger hammer! Thanks again!
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Hi I received my new torsion bars. I've drilled about a half inch hole and I'm trying to punch out the broken part of the bar out. It's not moving, I just bend the smaller punch. It can only be about 2-3 inches long. Before buying a bigger 3/4 bit and using a bigger tool as a punch I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing.
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Sounds like the splines have rusted together. I'd try a generous dose of P-B Blaster or something similar. If you are patient, keep doing that for a day or so. I'm impatient so I'd treat it and then using a stout rod (punch) and smack it with about a 3# hammer. Doesn't matter which direction you are trying to force it so perhaps alternating the direction would help to break it loose.

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Thank you! Time and lubricant I have. I'll just keep working at it. Thanks again!
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