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Old 11-08-2010, 01:07 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Neil F. View Post
You need more info on what is broken.

- The bolts breaking is common and all that is required is to break the nut that is tack welded on off and put a nut on top.

- Broke free could imply that the bar pin slipped off the bolt, no big deal to put back on.

- The bar pin could have broken, no big deal. Replace it.
There is no welded nut on top. As I said in the above post I grinded them all off in order to put new bolts in. I can check on what the exact damage is next weekend but I really don't have the resources to do any sort of welding on this thing. Do shock relocaters have to be welded on?

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Old 12-31-2010, 07:55 AM   #32

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I have bought an extremely rusty 97 from the snow belt of Michigan. I started rebuilding it from the front. Both front fenders were rusted so I pulled them off. Made taking the front shocks off extremely easy. I have also seen a socket recently that fits the top shock nut and holds the shock stem all at the same time. Can't remember wher I saw it though. With the fenders off I just used a vise grips to hold the shock shaft. Taking the fenders off was about a 1/2 hour job per side with my impact wrench. Was pretty easy. I am now dreading doing the rears after reading this forum.

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Old 12-31-2010, 12:00 PM   #33
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Interesting thread. I too, went to replace the shocks on the wife's XJ last year, only to break all 4 bolts off trying to get the rear shocks off. PB blaster did not help, and they weren't THAT rusted to begin with.

The fix:

I went ahead and broke all 4 off and removed the shocks. I then took it to a good fab shop where a brave young man with a welder cleaned the areas with a rotary grinder, then welded together several large washers and grade 8 bolts together, then welded them upside-down (bolt sticking down) to the frame. It was a permanant fix and cost me about $75 total.

When I reinstalled those shocks, I smeared plenty of cosmoline (heavy, heavy grease) on the bolts and nuts before assembly so that it will never sieze again. The shock mounts are now even stronger than before.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:54 PM   #34
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Thanks for all the great insight.
I'm all ways nervous anytime a bolt under "Silver" needs to be loosed. Lol!
12 min. task becomes a 12 hrs.


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