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post #1 of 11 Old 05-24-2020, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Spring Bolt Extraction Help

over the last two days I've tried installing my RE 2.5" springs, I got the front on pretty problem free, the rear passenger I got completely unbolted and moved on to the driver, disaster struck soon after. I tried unbolting the frame side spring and the head of the bolt spun off, it looks like the previous owners tried cutting it off but didn't finish the job. instead they decided to glue the bolt head back on with some sort of epoxy, there is still a small collar holding the remainder of the bolt against the frame mount, I tacked the collar to the mount and got the nut to spin loose, ground off my tack weld and tried to knock the bolt out but it's seized through the spring, now i'm at a loss how to get bolt out. suggestions? the only thing I can think of is trying to cut the bolt on the inside of the mount but with the fuel line running right through the area i'm not happy with how many sparks that would throw in the direction.


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Saw Zaw will not make any sparks.

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I was considering that, never cut a grade 8 bolt so wasn't sure if it would even work. i'll give it a shot tomorrow

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I was considering that, never cut a grade 8 bolt so wasn't sure if it would even work. i'll give it a shot tomorrow
Carbide-tipped high-strength steel-cutting blade for Sawz-All.

Optionally, a BFH on the thread side and a heavy punch tool with BFH on the cut-off side (alternate blows) may dislodge the bolt. Small torch on the eye-loop may help too.
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Sawzall will take forever and good luck getting it to not jump all over. cutoff wheel inside the mount is the only way. sparks are no issue unless there is a fuel leak but if you are worried about it put some wet rags around.
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If your really worried about sparks at the fuel line, just tape some cardboard up to protect the line.

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-24-2020, 09:38 AM
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just went through this earler this week . got one out using my ball joint press the other one i had to cut out using both a saws all and a 3" air cut off tool. i was trying to save the bolt so i cut through the spring eye and bushing only to find out that i had bent the bolt with the press .it would been easier and faster to just cut the bolt with the saws all .
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I had to drive 2 out with an air chipping gun.
It worked pretty well... It took longer than I expected.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-27-2020, 09:31 AM
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I've cut the bolt using a sawzall with a high speed steel blade. Go slow and use oil. Slow but less chances of messing up the spring bracket.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-27-2020, 11:25 PM
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I've cut spring bolts with a sawzall. If you use a quality steel-cutting blade (Diablo or Milwaukee), it will go through it like butter. I used the same blade for four bolts.

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post #11 of 11 Old 05-28-2020, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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my Sawzall didn't have the power to cut through, I ended up getting a 6" cut off disc and got it cut out. lift is installed

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