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post #1 of 8 Old 09-21-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone this is my first post on here ..ive decided to install my rough country 4.5 long arm kit this weekend on my 01 xj and ive started the rear so far and ran into some problems. Ive cleaned the whole underside of my xj and pb blastered it for a week straight. everythings off in the rear except the front leaf bolts. The one i broke loose and and it backed out just about all the way but seems to be stuck on something on the very end. Any one have an idea how i should go about this? the other one i just couldnt budge i dont have any air tools so i was using a 12 inch breaker bar and a piece of pipe so i soaked it again and gonna give it another shot tomorrow. And also the top mounts to the shocks all snapped right off..i heated them up too. Should i try to drill through the and tap them? sorry if these are noob questions this is my first lift, Any help is aprecciated

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Leaf bolts - For the one that's stuck at the end tighten it some and grind or file the end to bevel at the last thread or two. It may be rolled or whatever and preventing it from coming off. For the one that won't break loose if you can heat the nut to break the rust. Either that or keep doing what you're doing but you run the risk of breakage.

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thanks i just found a good write up for the shock mounts... but for the leaf bolts if i cut the end off what will the bolt screw into when i put the new leafs on?
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and sorry but what do u exactly mean by rolled?
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I had to cut inside of frame and put new nut/ bolt I'm there. Bolt was rusted and broke tack welds inside. The other was rusted th the bushing sleeve. I believe he means the bushing sleeve could have been squished making the bolt removal difficult.

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and sorry but what do u exactly mean by rolled?
I think it's a TJ thing, you can't do what he said on an XJ.
Knock those shock bolts out of the holes and use new ones.


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The front leaf bolts may be stuck in the metal collar in the bushings, thats what mine did, I had to cut the leaf springs off, the cut away the bushings and got to the collar with a cuttoff wheel, cut a slit in them then pry them away until they come off, then the bolt comes right out. And if your rough country leaf packs are like mine you are going to need a bottle jack and some patience to get them into place.
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Thanks every one i got the one out by pryin on it really hard with another person and spinning it out...the other one i cut off on both side of the leaf and got it to come..i went to the chrysler dealership and got two new bolts so they went in fine...and putting the new leafs on was fairly easy i pushed the shackle all the way forward because from what i heard thats how it makes ur schackle angle anyway and just jacked the differential up with a floor jack. I lubed everything up in the front again and and will doing that tomorrow..thanks again
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