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installing rough country shackles tomorrow

I am installing my rough country 2" shackles tomorrow on stock springs with a 3" RC add a leaf. Before I hear it I know its not the optimal set up and will probably ride like crap.

My question is if anyone has any tips or tricks for getting that rear shackle bolt out of the bushing if its rusted in place. I attempted to buy new bushings ahead of time from the local spring shop but he didnt have anything that would fit. Plus I assumed it would be a 2 piece rubber bushing like in the top of the shackle but he showed me a similar bushing and its one piece with a steel sleeve on both the inside of the bushing and encasing the outside as well.

I have a replacement bolt from the new shackle kit.

I have a feeling with them being original springs and all the bolt will be rusted to the interior sleeve and since I dont have a replacement bushing I dont want to have to torch the heck out of it and melt the bushing.



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post #2 of 2 Old 07-06-2009, 04:50 PM
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Stuck bolts are a PITA. When I removed mine I resorted to my little air hammer using a blunt tip chisel and just pounded the heck out of them. The end was pretty worked but I was able to run a thread die and fix threads. Worked like a charm but took a bit of time and my arm was numb for a week!
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