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Tech. - cutting off sping bolts

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Storm Trooper, Apr 7, 2001.

  1. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Just thought I would pass this along.
    I just changed out my spring bushing and the bolts had rusted to the sleves. I tried 24 teeth sawsall blades and kept burning them up on grade 8 bolts. Then I tried the Lennox carbide edge blades with no teeth- just grit edge and it cut them in less than 5 min. On the back bolt, I took off the nut and cut off the head, then put the nut back on with some washers and as I tightened it, it worked it's way out easy. Just thought I would pass this along. I'm sure someone has a better way but this works good.

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  2. EDdaTREE

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    Hopefully doing the Rancho lift dance this weekend..depending on weather. Thanx for the info. Soaked the bolts with PB Blaster a wk. ago, hope it works.

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  3. tRustyK5

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    My Jimmy is currently sitting in the carport with one front shackle. The bolt was worn halfway through, so when I put the wrench on it the nut end broke very easily[​IMG] so I thought I'd turn it out from the other end, that end broke off flush too![​IMG] I'm picking up some new bushings today...
    I'm gonna assume the ride will get better, those bolts and sleeves were practically fused together.
    Another fine tool for cutting things like bolts and sheetmetal is a "Zip-cut" disc (3/32" thick) on a 5" grinder. The last time I trimmed my fenders it took me less than 2 minutes per side, and it gives you a nice clean cut...[​IMG]

    Rene


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    To avoid this problem from ever happening again, why not get the greaseable bolts from ORD and the Poly bushings. I have installed those a year ago and the bolts still slide right out with ease. The grease in them keep everything sliding easily and I get no suspension squeak what-so-ever.
     
  5. Storm Trooper

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    It's the only way! just added them myself. much more flex.
    can't wait to try it in Moab next week[​IMG][​IMG]


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  6. tRustyK5

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    That would be the hot ticket, I'm just dealing with a 6 year old lift and the fact the previous owner didn't believe in grease...

    Rene

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