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Unread 05-08-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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CJ7 easy questions

Ok so I figured I would start a thread for all quick answer questions I will have instead of posting new ones each time. I do use the search function with limited success, but sometimes when it is something small and specific it is easier to ask. I am sure guys on here will help.

I am trying to remove the bolts from the spring shackles and the nut just spins however, the bolt isn't spinning. Yet the bolt won't come off. What do I do?

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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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Break out the sawsall, or grinder with a cutoff disk.

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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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Was trying to avoid that... is this a common problem? I was able to get the bolts that connect the shackle to the shackle hanger, but the lower nut just won't come off. I feel like there is a trick to it.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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Was trying to avoid that... is this a common problem? I was able to get the bolts that connect the shackle to the shackle hanger, but the lower nut just won't come off. I feel like there is a trick to it.
Rusty or stripped bolts on a CJ? That's pretty rare.

Seriously, it's quite common for peeps to have issues taking apart stuff. PB Blaster and you should get acquainted. You might also look into getting a small propane torch if you plan on doing lots. I have a 4 foot "cheater" bar that I've used quite frequently. Just don't plan on reusing those bolts or nuts. I recently put new springs on and my bolts for the spring hangers where rusted and seized to the sleeve and wouldn't come out. Talk about a pain in the arse!
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #5
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:30 PM   #6
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There's no trick to those. Just a bolt, a nut, and elbow grease. When reassembling, don't give into the temptation of torquing them to tight.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:33 PM   #7
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I think I need to be more descriptive here. The nut spins easily like it is loosening, the bolt doesn't move. However, the nut does not back off the bolt. Not sure if I am missing something else.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:34 PM   #8
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I think I need to be more descriptive here. The nut spins easily like it is loosening, the bolt doesn't move. However, the nut does not back off the bolt. Not sure if I am missing something else.
Sounds like it is stripped. You're going to have to cut it.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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Post a pic maybe?
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:36 PM   #10
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ah...ok...so I will cut it off.....Now if I end up cutting into the bushing are all bushing universal? I would assume yes, but you know what they say when you assume. Thanks for the quick replies....I'm sure I will post more stuff for this little crap. Most big things I have subscribed to threads for and they have been very helpful.
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Sounds like it is stripped. You're going to have to cut it.
Had this same problem myself. RamblingCJ is right, it's stripped.
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Is the bolt moving on the nut side? Maybe it's broken off internally?

Or as everyone is saying, it's stripped.
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ah...ok...so I will cut it off.....Now if I end up cutting into the bushing are all bushing universal? I would assume yes, but you know what they say when you assume. Thanks for the quick replies....I'm sure I will post more stuff for this little crap. Most big things I have subscribed to threads for and they have been very helpful.
No prob. I'd cut the bolt outside of the shackle plate. Between that and the nut. Or cut the bolt head off.

As far as the bushings, the spring hangers (front) and those on the shackle hanger and leaf springs (rear) are different sizes. If the bolts are that bad you might look into replacing the bushings while its apart. Save you from doing it all over again in the near future. They are probably cracking and worn out....
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #14
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Is the bolt moving on the nut side? Maybe it's broken off internally?

Or as everyone is saying, it's stripped.
That could also be the situation.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:47 PM   #15
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Actually, now that I think about it, I'd cut outside the bolt outside the shackle on the fuel cell side. That way you can pull the bolt out! It's not going to slide out towards the fuel cell, the fuel cell will block it.
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