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Unread 09-20-2014, 03:23 PM   #1
workhorse401
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snapped off rear upper shock bolt

so i snapped it clean off. the head of the bolt and the threads are gone. all that is left is the shank. a fb message board friend gave me the idea to drill and tap the inside of the stud to either 5/16 or 3/8 if possible. has anyone ever done this? im crazy worried about the structural integrity of the shaft snapping off at the body. could i grind down the stud til i hit the body and tap there? or does the bolt go clean through the framerail? it looks as though id have to drop the gas tank and go at it from there. anyway i cut it, this is going to suck. anyone have this happen before?

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Unread 09-20-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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This happened on my 98 Laredo. I didn't own it at the time, it was my brother in laws. I'm about 99.9 percent sure that the idiot at Sears tire center was trying to take it off with an impact gun and hit the wrong direction.

Anyway, I helped him fix it by doing exactly what you are suggesting. I carefully ground it flat so I could drill it dead center. Then I drilled and tapped it for a bolt. I don't remember what size I used but it is still in there. That was probably about 10 years ago. Only about 20k miles though, I have owned it most of the time since and it mostly just sits out front. My kids used to learn to drive.

I'm just finishing installation of the front of my 3.5" IRO lift, should start on the back next week (I hope). I'll let you know if it comes out and what it looks like.

Also interested in a better solution. It doesn't look like it would be easy to fix any other way though.
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