Rear spring perches from hell

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  1. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    Holy crap! Talk about your all time royal PITA. I pulled the rear Corp14 today to cut off the spring perches so I can rotate the axle and re-weld new ones on. I think these things may be the death of me. Nearly triple digits outside and I'm waging war with a grinder, cut off, and sawzall. So far after several hours I only have one whittled down to about 2/3rds gone. :mad: :doah: :angry1:
     
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    You must have the ultra special edition top secret military perches...:haha: (other wise known as the cast perches)

    Rene
     
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    I'll say! I figured once I cut through the outer weld areas, they would pop off. NOT. They are solid through and through. I have blisters on blisters and my back hurts. I may have to have a long conversation with Mr. Daniels tonight..........
     
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    You should have had that conversation with Mr. Daniels before attacking those perches...:D

    rene
     
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    Do you have a torch? Most efficient way to get perches off. I just cut as close as I dare and then grind 'er smooth.
     
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    i had the cast ones and i cut through the welds and beat them off with a BFH
    took me about 20 min for each one
     
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    I don't have a torch, what did you cut the welds with Surpip?
     
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    I used a 4" grinder and BFH and mine came off :burb:
     
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    Mine were exactly how Desert Rat described his...and they SUCKED!!!! good luck...it will be worth it when it is done.
     
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    just a regular thin cutting wheel on a 4 1/2" grinder
    it takes about 3-4 cuts per side to get the weld all the way around, i just got it as close as i could without cutting the tube ,
    also i cut the perch in half across the hole for the spring pin, width wize
    came right off with the BFH :D
     
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    I feel your pain as I'm going through this as well with my van 14b, and I just got some metal in my eye from doing this. Yes I was wearing glasses, and safety goggles. I'm going to try doing it Surpip's way and see how that works.
     
  12. goldwing2000

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    hehehehe... you said 'beat them off'. :haha:

    On a more somber note, I'm going to have to go through this, as well. The 14bff I just picked up has the cast perches and they've already been moved once because they were installed on a Jeep.

    I'm glad I have a torch.

    Now to find some 2.5" square tube to make the new ones out of...

    Anybody know how much you have to move the axle on a shackle flip?
     

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