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Unread 12-01-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
wolverine10
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lift support ball stud issues

my back lift gate supports wore out so i went to replace them and ended up needing new ball studs too... i was able to unscrew the ones attached to the tailgate but the ones attached to the jeep itself just spin and won't come out... any suggestions!! i cant figure out how to fix my dang tailgate please help!!

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Unread 12-02-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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Uh oh... you have a problem. The ball studs screw into a nut that is lightly tack-welded to the sheet metal. And as you have discovered, this nut is completely covered by the body. I had a similiar situation; somehow the previous owner had managed to rip both ball studs completely out of the body, leaving a large, ugly hole. I had to fabricate a sheet metal doubler that would fit over the hole, weld a nut to the back side, then weld the doubler to the body. I'll try to take a photo for you...

You may have to cut the ball stud off with a cut-off wheel, let it drop down into the body, then make the above repair. Maybe someone has a better idea??? Good luck.
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Unread 12-02-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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The PO of my XJ really butchered up those ball studs. I could not use them at all...and I couldn't get em out. So I cut them out and went to NAPA and got these:



I had to remove the plastic trim to get to the pillar to remove them. Even though I left a fairly ugly hole getting them out...these installed with a couple sheet metal screws. Ba-da-boom. They've been there for years...no problems since.
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Unread 12-04-2012, 12:00 AM   #4
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thanks for the ideas.... i ended up drilling holes in the pillar about the size of a nickel facing the front of the jeep... then i used a screwdriver to get leverage on the nut inside and manages to unscrew the old ball studs then used a magnet to position the new nut behind.... it was an interesting way to do it but so far it has seemed to work and with the plastic trim back on there no one is the wiser... looks as good as ever.
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Unread 12-04-2012, 07:31 AM   #5
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Great. I believe they call that engineering. AKA, what ever works and works right.
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Great. I believe they call that engineering. AKA, what ever works and works right.
As a Murphy's Law goes: If it's stupid and it works, it isn't stupid.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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I picked those up yesterday at NAPA for $4.82 each, and installed them this morning. I like them better than the original studs, since the angle is more in line with the direction the support shocks are angled at.

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The PO of my XJ really butchered up those ball studs. I could not use them at all...and I couldn't get em out. So I cut them out and went to NAPA and got these:



I had to remove the plastic trim to get to the pillar to remove them. Even though I left a fairly ugly hole getting them out...these installed with a couple sheet metal screws. Ba-da-boom. They've been there for years...no problems since.
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