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rear leaf spring removal????l

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DALE, Mar 30, 2001.

  1. DALE

    DALE Registered Member

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    hey guys. this morning i tried to get my rear leaf springs off.i was able to get the nuts off the shackle side ,but the bolts would not come out.the front nut you can't even get too.i have brand new springs waiting to be put in.can somebody walk me through removing my rear springs. are there any tricks to doing them or special tools. please help
     
  2. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    Try pounding the other side of the bolt out, or use a socket wrench and turn it while pulling out.

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  3. STV

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    I used a angle grinder with an oversized disks to cut the bolts between the leaf and the mounts. Then by new bolts. My 2 cents
     
  4. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    get a bfh and a punch and just start whacking

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  5. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    Sounds like the bolt is rusted to the inner sleave. WD40, Big F Hammer,grinder, highspeed cut off wheel,etc.. If you get the bolt and sleave to come out together may be easier. I asume you have all new bushings and hardware so whatever it takes to get that bolt out.......
    Good Luck

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  6. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Try varying the "load" on the bolts. Either put the weight of the truck on them (obviously have it jacked so it won't fall) and use a socket to unthread them. Either that, or adjust the weight load on them so there is as close to 0 on it as possible, and slide them out.

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  7. taterblazer

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    Air wrench, air compressor. Will be your best friend in this world. Don't need the fancy stuff. Harbor freight will be fine. Just make sure the tank is big enough for your wrench.
     
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    lowlevell 1/2 ton status

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    Although i wouldnt recommend this, but as a last resort, i have heard of people using a torch to completely burn the rubber bushing out. Then you can get the sleeve off of the bolt. I had to partialy do this with a "rusty" shock sleeve.

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  9. Emmettology 101

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    Soak it with PB Blaster for a night then try it. If that doesn't help break out the torches, but try not to fudge up the hanger or shackle..

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    I cut the bolt, then got a new sleeve and bushing.....I used a BFsaws all.....have fun :)
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    Hell yeah, just melt the biatch out of there. Just don't get carried away and do this to shocks cause they can explode do to the expansion of the gasses!

    Doug Krebs
     

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