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HELP NOW PLEASE!!!!!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Tybee, Sep 1, 2001.

  1. Tybee

    Tybee 1/2 ton status

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    I'M INSTALLING MY FOUR INCH LIFT AND CAN'T GET THE BOLTS OUT OF THE SHACKLE AND THE SPRING.WHATS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET THEM OUT? I TRIED A BFH AND NO SUCCESS! DOING IT NOW SO PLEASE HELP!

    1984 GMC Jimmy 379 diesel, 700R4, 3.73s, 31x10.50 x 15
     
  2. Stoopalini

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    I'll assume you are installing a 4" lift with springs, and not blocks.

    If you've already jacked up the truck, and supported it by the frame, and removed the U-Bolts, they should slide right out. You might have to hit it pretty hard to push them out.

    Take the nut and thread it on the bolt until the tip of the bolt is even with the outside of the nut, then hit it REAL hard. Having the nut on there will keep the threads on the bolt from being ruined.

    Good luck,

    Thomas.

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  3. Tybee

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    I'VE BEEN BEATEN ON THEM WITH A HAMMER AND THEY STILL WON'T BUDGE! WAS THINKING ABOUT CUTTING THEM OFF..BUT I DON'T THINK A GRINDER WILL FIT IN THERE. DO YOU THINK A SAWZALL WILL WORK?

    1984 GMC Jimmy 379 diesel, 700R4, 3.73s, 31x10.50 x 15
     
  4. CaptCrunch

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    Well one of mine took 2 minutes to get out and the other one took 2 hours. All I can recomend reallis heat it up with whatever you got and whack the heck out of it. An oxy/acytle estup coupl be used to torch it out. I unfortunetly didn't have access to one so spane and hour or so cutting the botl w/ a sawzall... [​IMG] I don't recomend unless you have A LOT of beer around for sanity's sake LOL.

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  5. Tybee

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    HEY THANKS.....I'LL TRY THAT!

    1984 GMC Jimmy 379 diesel, 700R4, 3.73s, 31x10.50 x 15
     
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    I have removed a couple at work with an oxy/acetyl setup with ease. Usually the bolt rusts to the inner metal sleeve and the whole works is just stuck like heck. If you can heat the bushing up a bit and/or the metal sleev and bolt you should be able to get it undone. Good luck!

    -Mikey
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    Ok I tried heating it up damn thing still wont budge, I think im going to buy a grinder and cut them somehow. What grade bolts should I get and do they have them at the local harware store?

    1984 GMC Jimmy 379 diesel, 700R4, 3.73s, 31x10.50 x 15
     
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    One you will have to have an oxy/acytle setup or else you might as well just put a lighter under it cause Mapp gas and propane torches just won't cut it. You may be able to burn out the bushings though which is what I recomend. If not try and get a grinder in there and grind off the ends... then take a big pry bar and try and pry the brakets away from the spring sides so they drop you w/ mild beating from the top (read: have a buddy hit the springs from the top so they fall out)

    -Mikey
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    Replace the bolts with grade 8

    Lift It, Lock It, LIVE IT!!!
     
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    are we talking front springs?
    if so you may as well cut the front shackles off and be done with it as they are too short. either pruchase some from ORD or get some ?2"? wide 1/4" thick flat bar with holes drilled 5" on centre. using the stock shackles with aftermarket springs will quite often have the springs pounding into the frame on compression. also if the bushings are still the stock rubber ones the standard removal procedure is to light em on fire to get them out and replace them with poly. dont burn your truck down. wow that sounds like drastic advise
     
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    When I took the torch to the bushing smoked like hell, I went out and bought a grinder to cut the damn things off. Nobody around here seems to sell any grade 8 bolts long enough. Finally found some at pepboysbut they were too long. I cant win here. Thanks for all your responses.

    1984 GMC Jimmy 379 diesel, 700R4, 3.73s, 31x10.50 x 15
     
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    I had the same problem finding bolts too... I had to end up getting them from the dealer. That size is nearly impossible to find... I forgete exactly off hand what size but I was all over. Dealer or a local 4x4 place would be where I would go... absolutly don't for anyreason use grade 5 stuff... bad news IMO for shackles.

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