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Rear springs bolt removal, any suggestions?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by K5DRAGER, Dec 24, 2001.

  1. K5DRAGER

    K5DRAGER 1/2 ton status

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    I got my front done yesterday..6 inch Bds and does it looks great. But now I'm working on the back and these bolts won't budge, they won't even turn. I assume they are rusted to the bushing sleeve. Ive already soaked them in wd40 and heated them with a torch with no luck. Just figured I would pick everyones brain for something that I have'nt thought of before I get out the cutting touch. Thanks all and happy holidays!
     
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    6 feet of pipe on your rachet. one click at a time until it free's up enough to impact it. leave impact on for a couple min. to warm everything up from spinning that fast

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    I am assuming you got all new hardware so saving the bolts is not improtant. Don't waste your time trying to get the nuts off, torch or sazwall them. If they are rusted that bad, even if you get the nuts off, you won't be able to get the bolts out. Also, if you didn't buy greasable bushings, do it, one of the best investments you will ever make. We put on a 6" BDS lift three weeks ago and used all greasable bushings and the ride is awsome.

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  4. K5DRAGER

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    Thanks hammer,tried that to just stripped my ratchet and almost broke my breaker bar. Glad to here about the ride quality Derf00, yes I got all new greaseables from ORD and ruining the springs isn't a problem either since I'm going with a shackle flip and 2.5 inch springs in the back. Wel I guess its out with the cutting torch. Thanks guys
     
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    Bummer man! I have to do this soon, too, but I'm putting in junkyard stock replacements for now, and can't get the shackle off of them. Torch (for heating, not cutting yet), impact, breaker bar, none of it works. I haven't had the time to get on it lately either...

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    And if using the torch isn't an option, try a sawzall..............works.

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    well looks like ill be in for a ruff ride. i used the bushings that came w/ my 8in superlift springs, eh im not expecting it to ride like a caddy anway and im not going through wat i went through installing those front springs again just for new bushings.

    phill
     
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    Torch, sawzall, or a grinder with a cutting wheel on it. I tried the sawzall method and it worked but I found it a little faster with the grinder.

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    I had a b*tch of a time doing mine also. What I did is cut the head and the threads off so it was flush with the bracket and then I bent the bracket or spread it apart. It was just enough to fish it out of there. You will have to cut it as close to the bracket as possible. That is all I can tell you.

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    When I put in my 14 bolt I rented a torch and cut all the bolts off. The bolts were old so its better to replace them with new ones.

    TORCH 'EM OFF!!

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    I have gone through several sets of supercrap bushings due to rust death.
    IF the greaseables work and I doubt it, try it sooner rather then later.
    compare ID of spring eyes before $$$ing up
    eventually the bolt rusts to the sleeve and snaps.
    a fluted bolt or inner sleeve to allow grease to travel the length of the bolt/sleeve is what is needed.
    greasing poly seems pointless, it doesnt rust
     
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    Thanks for all the replys everyone. And yes there off... used the cutting torch on them. Some I cut the bolts off and some just needed the extra heat from this torch rather than the small one. If everything else goes all right I'll have the shackle flip and rear springs in this weekend and the lift will be done. Then its time to sweet talk the wife for the tires and rims!!!!
     
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    I just took off my spring bolts too. 4" breaker bar and my big rachet worked like a charm. I have snapped the heads right off bigger bolts with that setup...so one way or another, those bolts WERE coming off. ;)

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