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Unread 09-24-2002, 07:50 AM   #1
CJMONEYPIT
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need fix for spring hanger

The welds holding the nuts onto the inside of the frame rail have broken on the driver's side rear spring hanger of my 83 Scrambler. The bolts just spin freely with a significant amount of play in the entire assembly. I would love to replace the stock hangers, but can't get at the nuts to put the new hangers on. (don't really want to weld the new ones on). There is a cross member that runs through the frame rail and a body mount perch that just wont let me get at them. Anyone know of a trick fix for this? This is the only thing that's keeping her from her maiden voyage off road.

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Unread 09-24-2002, 08:48 AM   #2
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Sounds like you can't get the old bolts out. Grind the heads off the remove the bolts and get the shackle hangers off. If what's left of the bolt and nut inside the frame come loose and are now hopelessly lost inside that frame that's ok. It's actually what you want. If the'yre not fee either knock them loose with a punch or drill them out. Next look for a hole in the frame somewhere close by that a nut of the right size would fit through. You'll need what's called a "flange nut" which is like any other nut except one side of it has serrations or teeth that will grab onto the surface it's being bolted to in order to prevent spinning. Now feed a small wire into the frame at the shackle hanger bolt hole and out the hole that a nut will fit through. Attach the frame nut to the wire and pull it back to the hole for the hanger. Just attach it so that it will hold on while you're fishing it through the frame, but loose enough that you can remove the fish wire once the nut is at its destination. Now attach the shackle hanger to this nut carefully with a new bolt with plenty of anti-sieze on it.

Hopefully this makes sense and helps. It sure beats cutting a slot in the frame to fit a new nut in there.

Here's what a flange nut looks like:

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Unread 09-24-2002, 11:06 AM   #3
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Hey! I like that wire trick! it sure beets the magnet on a stick method!
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