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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-01-2000, 07:07 PM
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Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

My Jeep is torn apart, because I'm putting on my new leaf springs, and I can't get the back pivot bolt out of the old leaf spring! I've beat on it, heated it, and even tried to turn it, but it's stuck in the rubber bushing of the spring good. This is the bolt on the non shackle end.
How did anyone else get these bolts out? So far all the others have come out fine. . .
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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

a c clamp and small socket to push it out?

a hammer and a punch?

worst case you might have to drill a bunch of littl eholes aorund hte rubber to loosten it up a little.



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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

jed, when i did mine i sprayed the hell out of them withlots of liquid wrench and had a friend of mine turn one end as i hit the other with a bfh. and they finally came losebut it still was not easy but keep spraying them as you go. keep jeepin gary

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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

I used an air cutoff tool to zip through the bolt on both sides, just inside the hanger. Then bought new Grade 8 bolts and locknuts at hardware store. This after hours of various techniques, including pounding on them with full size sledge. This was on my front (rear hanger) springs. The rear ones came right out with a tap of a hammer. Go figure.

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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

Yep, their a bugger... here's how I removed those bolts...

1. Sawed off both ends of the bolt.
2. Used a propane torch to heat the bolt. Put the flame directly on the bolt... you can put the bushing's flame out later.
3. Using another long bolt, or punch, while the bolt is hot, use the bolt or puch to drive out the stubborn bolt.
4. Stick a hacksaw blade into the remains and saw it in half.
Using a flat blade screw driver, remove one quarter of the bushing at a time by pulling it out. Just stab on piece and leverage it out.

Easy as pie.

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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

Air cut-off tool like CJ money pit. Makes pretty short work of them and you barely even have to exert yourself.

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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

Sawzall, just inside the hangars was how we did it on one jeep, another we had trouble, I wrenched on it to make it spin while another person hit it with a sledge.

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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

Mine did the same thing. I used PB Blaster, and a screwdriver. I worked the screwdriver in between the bushing and spring, then hit it with the PB to keep it loose. I also used a BFH and a center punch, beat the snot out of it. It came loose and I was able to re-use the bushing. When you install the new ones, lube them up with some Anti-Seize, or better yet, some synthetic grease, they'll come out easy next time.

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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

To me, the answer is clear. You need a bigger hammer!!!

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Re: Putting lift on -- can\'t get a bolt out - HELP!

bigger hammer allways works for me.. but i did hit a couple so hard I bent the solid shackle hanger. be carefull too.. I have had 2 of them let loose and really fly across the shop. I like the bolt cutting suggestions

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