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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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Shackle bolt help

I just dont get it. I am trying to get the bolt out that is in the frame side, I have new bushings and sleeves so I am not worried about getting the sleeve off the bolt. I just cant seem to get the entire thing to move. Are the bushings seized to the frame and if so how do I get them loose?

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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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Not to be funny but all of the bolts are on the frame side. Which are you talking about more precise.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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As far as bushings, the best way I have found to get them out is to drill a bunch of holes into them to loosen the old rubber. The bolt on the driver side top near the gas tank will have to be cut out. A sawzall will work just fine.

You can replace the bolts with greasable bolts or grease the bolts and bushings very well before installing them. Torque to half of factory spec of 45 ft lb front and rear and 65 lbs for the center main bolts.

The center main bolts you will most likely need heat and a big breaker bar or impact wrench with the heat.

When you are all done expect your ride to be 100 percent better and trail riding will be night and day difference.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:43 PM   #4
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The upper shackle bolt, I said frame side since the other end of the shackle is the spring side, guess I should have said "end" instead.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:45 PM   #5
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I was thinking the same thing with the drilling out of the rubber. I already have the bolts, they came with the boom shackles I just got from VACJ5.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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Cut the bolt off from the outterside and u should have enough room to wiggle it out the inner side. I hit it with a punch to knock it thru first. for the bushing grab that thing with sum plyers, vise grips whatever on the outside n get it out of ur way...I had to fight with mine to get them out as well, if one side pulls off just use the metal tube in the center from another one as a punch to knock the inner one out. spray sum pb in there first a couple knocks n itll come out.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 06:10 PM   #7
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normally the metal sleeves are seized to the bolts. Cut off both ends with an angle grinder to get the spring free of the frame.
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normally the metal sleeves are seized to the bolts. Cut off both ends with an angle grinder to get the spring free of the frame.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 06:33 PM   #9
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Well the nut came off the bolt no problem and I beat the ***** out of the bolt to get it to move towards the gas tank and no go.
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Well the nut came off the bolt no problem and I beat the ***** out of the bolt to get it to move towards the gas tank and no go.
The quickest route is going to be what JBolty suggested above. Cut both sides of the bolt and get the shackle off the frame and the spring out of the shackle. Then, if needed, you can drill out multiple holes around the sleeve inside of the bushing to free the bushing up and get it out. There is a reason this is the same advice you'd get from 90% of the members here. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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Unread 09-21-2011, 08:49 PM   #11
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Thanks for all you guys help. I will be tearing back into this on Friday so I will post my success.
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DO NOT DO THIS>>THIS WAS A JOKE..Burn the bushings out using a supplied fuel line from the gas tank.....It shouldn't ignite the the jeep up in flames at all. REPEAT DO NOT DO THIS>>>>THIS WAS A JOKE. AIR CHISEL might help after you let some PB Blaster set on it for 24hrs or so.
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You can replace the bolts with greasable bolts....Torque to half of factory spec of 45 ft lb front and rear and 65 lbs for the center main bolts.
if you under torque them then the greasable bolts and sleeves will be useless and a waste of money.
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Unread 09-23-2011, 12:54 PM   #14
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Install is complete! What a biotch! Took me 3 hours to get it done, both rear frame bushings were seized to the frame and the front left spring bolt was seized to the sleeve. The only one that came off easy was the front right. Havent taken it for a test spin yet but I did notice that the PO must have never replaced the front shocks after the lift was installed and they are completely extended now : , just didnt notice it before.
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Glad to hear ya got it done. They can definitely be a pain in the butt!
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