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post #1 of 18 Old 01-14-2014, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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bomerang shackles in rear installation help

does anyone know a trick or an easy way to remove the stock shackles and install new boomerangs in the rear of a YJ? I wasn't able to remove the stock shackles because of the gas tank...just wondering if there was any trick to it or not.

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-14-2014, 02:44 PM
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jack the rear of jeep up using the frame and let the axle and spring dangle. It will put the bolt where you can get it out. Or cut it and get another bolt.
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You may have to cut the bolt or destroy the bushings to get the bolt out. I suggest a sawzall and buy a set of grade 8 replacement bolts.

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Ya that's what I figured at first just wasn't sure if it was logical to cut right next to the fuel tank just incase of sparks or cutting the tank by accident.
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as long as you have no leaks your fine.. also stick a wet rag in the tank filler.

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Like mentioned above, let the springs droop. I had a heck of a time with mine, more-so getting the new bolts in. Id suggest a 6 pack and a BFH. Maybe a prybar or 2. When installing you can use a scissor jack between the spring and frame(carefully) to get it in the perfect spot.


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You may have to cut the bolt or destroy the bushings to get the bolt out. I suggest a sawzall and buy a set of grade 8 replacement bolts.
x2 sawzall and a Dewalt fire and rescue blade cut through the bolt in under 10 seconds!

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Thanks guys...just have to find time from work to do it
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***** and a half to get the upper bolts out.... I just used a big pry bar once I got the bolt head driven back far enough I could get behind it. I just pried out and toward the bumper. It rubbed the gas tank but it flexed it enough to pop out.
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I found it easier to just drop the tank. Sounds like a lot of work, but it really is not that difficult. Once it's down you can do a few more free/cheap mods while your in there if you wish.

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It's not always easy to drop the tank


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All the suggestions sound good so thank you.
Anticman...that's a great shot.
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It's not always easy to drop the tank
Okay, maybe not the first time! But after that it is not so bad. I could probably have my tank off in no time. Hell, one rough evening I think I had it in and out three or more times while trying to get my tank tuck and exhaust to play nice with the tub. It's an experience thing, of you don't do it, it will never get easy.

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I installed my boom. shackles in a few hours using this trick http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ack-yj-809391/
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post #15 of 18 Old 01-15-2014, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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That's a good trick I'll have to try that if I can't find a torch or angle grinder
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