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Unread 02-23-2007, 09:32 PM   #1
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stuck leaf spring bolt

Trying to get my lift installed. On both rear leaf spring to frame mount bolts, the bolts are stuck inside the bushings. Any ideas on removal???

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Unread 02-23-2007, 09:47 PM   #2
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Had to grind/cut mine out
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Unread 02-23-2007, 09:58 PM   #3
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Thats what I am afraid of.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 10:04 PM   #4
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its not bad at all. just get a good angle grider and cut on the side of the perches. about 10 mins per bolt max
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Unread 02-23-2007, 10:06 PM   #5
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If you don't have new bolts already they're 9/16 x 4" long. bring a nut to the Hdwr store for the right thread pitch. Grade 8 or 5 at the least. I used a torch to cut mine off. You can use a sawzall but get good quality blades and it'll take while.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 10:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info guys. If the BFH and torch don't work in the morning, I'll be cutting them.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 10:56 PM   #7
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I just put a lift on mine this weekend, after spending 3 hours trying to get them to come out I grabbed a grinder and they're off in a matter of minutes. Dont waste your time just cut them and buy new ones. Thats my 2 cents..
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Unread 02-24-2007, 05:57 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the info guys. If the BFH and torch don't work in the morning, I'll be cutting them.
After, 2 hours fighting with BFH, sawzall, heat etc. I just ground mine off, took 3 mins per bolt.

I don't even bother unbolting them anymore, I just break out the grinder, it's much faster.
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Unread 02-24-2007, 03:34 PM   #9
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I had the same problem yesterday, Cut the first bolt off then tried the air hammer on the second bolt. Should have tried the hammer first so I would not have had to buy a bolt.
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Unread 02-24-2007, 03:48 PM   #10
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Cut them out! Those bushings bond to the metal in ways I never thought possible!!
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Unread 02-24-2007, 03:55 PM   #11
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Oh, and use anti-seize on the new bolts so next time it is easier to get things out.
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Unread 02-24-2007, 04:54 PM   #12
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Cut-off wheels work wonders. Got both bolts out within 10 minutes. Got the lift installed and it looks great. Thanks for all the info.
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Unread 02-24-2007, 08:27 PM   #13
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i heated the livin hell out of those bolts with a propane torch after some pb blaster and the torch on each bolt for about 10-15 mins then i just stuck and impact on em the bolts got so hot they melted the rubber around them to break em loose try that itll saye you grindicg cutting job
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Unread 02-24-2007, 09:52 PM   #14
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I Heated my bolts with an acetylene torch, they were red hot and still did not break loose.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 05:51 AM   #15
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Impact gun to get the nuts off, BFH to drive the bolt out.

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