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Unread 07-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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OME install help please, quick reply if poss...

Ok, I'm putting in my OME HD this weekend and I'm stuck. Got the passenger side front done with no problems but while disassembling the driver's side I can't get this bolt to come out...



It's the lower strut fork. I got the nut off of the aft side, no problem. But I can't get the bolt to come out... I've got the weight off of it, but it won't turn or anything. It's like it's fused on or something. I have already busted a 1/2" adapter using a breaker bar, my impact wrench won't budge it, and so far the bfh is no help. Any suggestions???

Yes, I used PB blaster for a few days before starting...

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Unread 07-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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It's seized up, I think if you search for stuck clevis bolt there are some threads with detailed information. As for me I was able to whack it out with a hammer, another thing is to make sure it isn't hanging so there is zero pressure on it up or down if that makes sense

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Unread 07-05-2013, 01:35 PM   #3
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It's seized up, I think if you search for stuck clevis bolt there are some threads with detailed information. As for me I was able to whack it out with a hammer, another thing is to make sure it isn't hanging so there is zero pressure on it up or down if that makes sense

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Unread 07-05-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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The metal tab is just tack welded to the bolt, when I did mine, I just used a cold chisel and pliers to pull that tab off and then I was able to spin the bolt while tapping on the other side to free it up... and then got a new bolt/nut from the dealer. other than that.... good luck
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Unread 07-05-2013, 01:40 PM   #5
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Put the nut back on the other end where is it flush with the end of the bolt and whack it with a hammer. Also go and get some anti seize and lube up all the suspension bolts, especially if you live in the snow belt.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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I had a problem with that bolt on the driver's side when I went to put my lift on. The bushing inside the CA has a metal sleeve inside it and the bolt was actually rusted to the sleeve. I could turn the bolt back and forth about 1/2 turn, and it was just destroying the bushing. I soaked it with PB blaster for a week and used a torch and an air hammer and I couldn't get it to move. Ended up taking it to a buddy's shop and his tech used a sawzall and I don't even know what else, but he finally got it out. I ended up replacing both bushing to prevent this problem from happening in the future, bushings were about $30 each from NAPA. Good luck!
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Unread 07-05-2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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Thanks, guys. It's seized up pretty good... I'll prolly just destroy it and replace the bushings and bolt.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #8
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Take a heating torch to the bolt head - get it good and hot - usually works well on seized bolts.
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Just an update: That sucker was seized up pretty darn good. I had used PBS Blaster on all the suspension bolts for about a week and it still wouldn't budge. My dad and I beat on it enough with a bfh and an impact hammer to flatten out both the nut and bolt ends! Managed to get a bearing press around it but to no avail. Finally ended up cutting the bolt and then stacking washers on the nut end while wrenching the (new) nut with breaker bars and an impact wrench. All told, took about a day and a half, including trips to the parts store. When it did come out it was bone dry, the blaster hadn't penetrated squat... Tough weekend but we got it done.
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Unread 07-08-2013, 06:15 AM   #10
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Just an update: That sucker was seized up pretty darn good. I had used PBS Blaster on all the suspension bolts for about a week and it still wouldn't budge. My dad and I beat on it enough with a bfh and an impact hammer to flatten out both the nut and bolt ends! Managed to get a bearing press around it but to no avail. Finally ended up cutting the bolt and then stacking washers on the nut end while wrenching the (new) nut with breaker bars and an impact wrench. All told, took about a day and a half, including trips to the parts store. When it did come out it was bone dry, the blaster hadn't penetrated squat... Tough weekend but we got it done.
Which is why heat is another option.

Glad ya got it done.
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Unread 07-08-2013, 07:45 AM   #11
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dunno if it's possible on the jeep, but Honda's have the same setup, and the same problem. What we would do is change out the strut without removing the fork. Unbold other things to get enough droop to pop out the strut and leave the lower fork
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