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shackle flip q's

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by coloradoblazers, Aug 26, 2001.

  1. coloradoblazers

    coloradoblazers 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    shackle flip q\'s

    Im on the second day of the shakle flip process. Besides Murphys Laws being in full effect I am almost complete. The only thing I need help on is getting the leaf spring off the front hanger. The nut is between the hanger and frame, so it is unacessable. The bolt is not gonna turn easily. How does everyone else get them off? (already went through several cans of liquid wrench, rust eater etc.)

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  2. Seventy4Blazer

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    Re: shackle flip q\'s

    have not had the pleasure of doint it yet but an air hammer maybe?
    dunno..
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
  3. ScoobyDann

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    Re: shackle flip q\'s

    i have a truck, but i think the front hangers are the same, i went throught the top w/ a wrench and let it hit the hanger itself and manhandle the bolt off

    Hut in the well is goin on in here?

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  4. Thumper

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    Re: shackle flip q\'s

    Well, if the bolt has been there for a while chances are its rusted to the sleeve inside. The best bet is just to avoid the headaches of trying to wrench it and just go ahead and cut it off. Cut on both ends of the bushing with a hacksaw or a cutting wheel, and pop the spring out, then knock the ends of the bolt out. Saves a lot of hassles and swearing.
    I finished my shackle flip and brake conversion last week, and I just cut everything off and replaced it all.

    Good luck

    Mike


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  5. AGM73k5

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    Re: shackle flip q\'s

    I did the same thing on my blazer :)

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    Re: shackle flip q\'s

    I used a long wrench (I forget the size). I angled it in on the nut. (the side where the frame blocks half of the hanger) and then used an impact wrench on the bolt side and took it off that way.

    OR,

    I did this on my older truck a while back when I did the shackle flip (did it twice to two different trucks),
    Was I took that same long wrench and angled it in on the nut and took my 3lb sledge and started wacking it and that got the nut off (or should I say, loose) :) Good luck
    Boss

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