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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 88-3/4t-bad boy, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. 88-3/4t-bad boy

    88-3/4t-bad boy 1/2 ton status

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    ok... so i finally got around to putting on my lift for my 3/4ton. first problem is. the sub hasnt been used or running in four years so the steering arm is fried on. so has anybody had this problem and how did you get it off? second its a rough country lift. and on the instructions for the front springs it says to use the stock eye bolts. well 2 of the bushings wont allow the stock 1/2 inch bolts. they only fit 3/8 bolts. why is this and has anybody had to do this? also. my front brake lines i bought have a mount bracket on it that arent on the stock ones. it is placed right in the middle. what is this for? it doesnt say anything on the directions. can anyone help?
     
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    xpndbl3 1/2 ton status

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    torch off the steering arm with a oxy acetalene torch then use a puller on it and it should heat up enough to expand to get pulled off.
     
  3. 88-3/4t-bad boy

    88-3/4t-bad boy 1/2 ton status

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    yeah thats wat my friend said. but do you know anything about putting 3/8 inch bolts on the front springs. that just doesnt seem safe. or strong for that matter.
     
  4. 1987Chevy

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    The stock size bolts on the rear of the front springs are 7/16
     
  5. 88-3/4t-bad boy

    88-3/4t-bad boy 1/2 ton status

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    well then the person who had this truck before must have done some mods to the front. all the bolts where half inch bolts and there were only two leaf packs on it. those are for the rear of the front leafs? not the front? hmmm. oky doky. but what about the brake lines. did your new ones have the bracket smack dab in the middle? i cant figure out where to put it?
     
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    87 or 88-91's got 1/2" bolts from the factory.

    Remove the steering draglink, drivers tire, and steering arm bolts. Apply penetrating oil LIBERALLY and let it sit for a few days if you can.

    Then get out the BFH (2-3lb sledgehammer) and start taking some aggression out on the steering arm in multiple spots from multiple angles. That is how I got mine off.

    Harley
     
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    sarasotausmc 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    BFH x2
     
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    BFH x 3. It does work.

    If you use the torch, don't forget to pick up some new ball joints.

    If the truck is running you could take the nuts off and turn the wheel back and forth. The tires on the ground will provide some stress which could help loosen the cones.
     
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    there should be a slot in the cone washers, use a chisel down in those and it will usually pop them loose. soak them with pb blaster for a day also helps.
     
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    I had to use vice grips to unscrew the conical washers. Came right off.
     
  11. 88-3/4t-bad boy

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    my front brake lines i bought have a mount bracket on it that arent on the stock ones. it is placed right in the middle. what is this for? it doesnt say anything on the directions. can anyone help?
     
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    sounds like a 2wd line to me. I replaced the lines on a 71 I had and used lines designed for a 2wd truck(they were 5" longer) that had the correct banjo fitting.

    Fourth the BFH for the steering arm.

    If your burb still has the stock exhaust, take some pics of the mounting brackets for me.
     
  13. 88-3/4t-bad boy

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    its not on this one but my other burb has the exhaust still. ill go check
     
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    I put a 4" lift on my 90 sub. and had the same problem with the 1/2" bolts in the front. Another member in this forum said he just knocked out the metal sleve on the bushing and put in the 1/2" bolt. I did the same and it has worked fine for me over 2 years now. Dont know if its right or worg but I felt more confortable doing that than putting in a smaller bolt. Don't forget to grease everything, I made that mistake to and everything was creakin until I greased it.
     
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    i would but i cant find my digital camera and im not a paying member. sorry man. if i can find it ill try to post it up.
     
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    alright thanks. ill just do that 2. it seems insane to go to such a small bolt. and i like to get air. so its a scary thought.
     
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    whoops that message i sent to myself was for you
     
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