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Rear leaf spring - front bolt removal

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by spearchucker, May 6, 2004.

  1. spearchucker

    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    Okay, who's got "the trick" for removing the front bolt on the rear leaf spring? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    #@*%! GM engineers /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
  2. Hossbaby50

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    The springs are pushing up on that bolts so once you get the nut off you have to drive the pin out. Use a smaller diameter screw driver and a hammer or something along those lines. That is how I did it.

    Harley
     
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    Brass Hammer and large drift pin punch..
     
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    Took me 90 minutes and four 12 tpi reciprocating saw blades
     
  5. spearchucker

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    Guess I'm not to that point yet, I'm still working on trying to remove the nut. How did you get to it to loosen it? A box end wrench doesn't fit over the end of the bolt that sticking out. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    A socket should, though...there's an opening on the backside of the hanger as well as that slot on the top. If you can't get a socket in there, you can always just use the open end of the wrench through the top.

    If you think just getting the nuts off is hard enough, just wait... /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Edit: Nevermind, you're from California, you guys don't know about rust. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
  7. spearchucker

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    [ QUOTE ]
    If you think just getting the nuts off is hard enough, just wait...

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    Who said I have trouble getting my nuts off /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    If you can't get a socket in there, you can always just use the open end of the wrench through the top.


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    Hey you're right /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
    Now why didn't I see that? /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
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    hahah, well even where you are the bolt may still be siezed to the sleeve! have fun if it is.... <sled trails off in a stream of unintelligible swear words>
     
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    hahah, well even where you are the bolt may still be siezed to the sleeve! have fun if it is.... <sled trails off in a stream of unintelligible swear words>

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    God I love my rust free trucks /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif Have not had to fight a single bolt on it once yet /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Now the rusty crap I drove out here from MN is another story...
     
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    Edit: Nevermind, you're from California, you guys don't know about rust.



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    Amen to that!!! Over and out from sunny Las Vegas...
     
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    isnt it nice to complain that a scratch is rust,,,, arent we lucky /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Nevermind, you're from California, you guys don't know about rust.

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    Actually it came right out. Only took about 5 mins once I was shown the way. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif And here I'm missing out on all the fun that you rust belt boys have. /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    And here I'm missing out on all the fun that you rust belt boys have.

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    "Fun" is not usually the descriptive word I use...but the word I do use begins with the same first two letters... /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    If you think just getting the nuts off is hard enough, just wait...

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    Who said I have trouble getting my nuts off /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

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    /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif I knew you would read what I wrote in that way...there was no better way to phrase it though. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Must be nice, it took me most of a Saturday with a torch, cutoff wheel, and air hammer just to remove the bolts and rivets (for shackle flip) from my crewcab. The best way I found (if you have a torch, is to torch the end of the bolt off very carefully as to not damage the hanger, then pound the bolt into the sleeve a little, then torch the other end of the bolt off and push it back through till the bolt width is less than the hanger opening so the spring will fall out, then torch the bushing and pull the sleeve and bolt out together. I hope that makes sense.
     

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