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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2001, 11:13 AM
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Removing old shocks

I'm trying to get the old Monroe shocks off my 85, and I already got one of the rears off, but this one is particularly stubborn since the bolt will not come out where it bolts to the rear axle. Would it be safe to cut the eyelet, or would I have to fear the shock blowing up?
I would be using oxy-acet. torches.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2001, 11:32 AM
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Re: Removing old shocks

I would not go that far just yet. If you can't get the nut off the bolt, soak it for a while in WD-40. If, when you try again it still does not want to come off, you can melt some wax down into the threads, which usually works pretty good. If you have the nut off already, but can't get the bolt to slide through the mounts, pound it out with a hammer. If you have done that, and are having a problem getting it through the rest of the way, use a punch, or extension bar or any long narrow solid object to drive it through the rest of the way. You may also need to twist the shock with your hand a little here and there to relieve tension from the mount. Keep working it with your hand side to side, while pulling on the bolt. If the shock is gas charged it it probably just causing a binding effect on the bolt itself. You just have to get mad at If it was me, I'd leave the torch out of this one.... RC

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2001, 12:34 PM
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I use an angle grinder for all my disassembly needs on my 77. Zip...Zip....out. I bought a air grinder but that cant compare to the power of a good 4.5" electric. Mine is a craftsman professional grade. Used it to lop off u-bolts etc. during axle swap and to remove slag and smooth welds. Good luck.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2001, 01:05 PM
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Got it off..Trouble was, i had already gotten the nut off, so then I tried tapping the bolt, no good. I had only about 6 in of swing for my hammer, which was like a 2lb machinest hammer. Cut the eye wit ha air hammer, with a chisel pit, then headed up the bushing cherry and tapped the bolt out. Worked good. Thanks!

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2001, 07:00 PM
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Get out the torch cutters!

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