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Old 04-15-2010, 12:30 PM   #1
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Can't remove spring bolt!!!!!!

Its the front bolt on the passenger side< rear leaf spring. Have tried hammer, impact wrenches, levers, PB of course.....any ideas would be greatly appreciated?

2.5, 94' YJ installing 4" Rough Country and am at a stand still for now.....

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Old 04-15-2010, 12:37 PM   #2
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heat will be your friend. get the bolt to almost glowing red with a mapp gas torch then hit the end of it with a hammer. It will basically fall out.

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Old 04-15-2010, 01:46 PM   #3
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I had to cut mine with a sawsall. It sucked but was all I could get between the spring and bushing. I did not try heat though.
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:49 PM   #4
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Take the weight off the spring
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:15 PM   #5
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Just got back home and am about to try the heat. Go ahead and laugh but I'm using my wife's cooking torch...should work the same, I think!

Mr. C, can you elaborate? Have already disconnected the spring from the back shackle and have removed the u-bolts and plates from underneath, only thing left is the front bolt. We've tried moving it around while pounding, holding it up, down, etc...
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:53 PM   #6
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i've had many many of those spring bolts that simply don't come out, i've had to cut them inside the spring hanger with a hack saw. cut both sides that way and then the spring can at least come out. the bolt being stuck inside the spring and bushing makes it impossible to get heat on it, there's nothing to heat. a sawzall works, but i actually have more luck with a hack saw in the tight space. it actually doesn't take very long, and i'm a very impatient person.
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:11 PM   #7
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I used a rotozip with a metal cutoff wheel to cut the bolts out. It worked faster than the sawzall.
I had to do that to all four main eye bolts. It sucked!
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:23 PM   #8
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Angle grinder with cut off wheel does the trick. But have some ventilation the rubber bushings smoke and smell real bad.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:16 PM   #9
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MY dad and i just had to replaced a broken leaf spring on mine and we tried everything. Then we finally tried using a propane torch. Heat it up for a good minute or so and then spray some pb on it. the heat will suck in the pb. let it sit for a good 2-3minutes then give it a go. Worked for us. We spent 2 hours trying to get the thing to budge before we thought of the heat, took us 5 mins to do with the heat.
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:31 AM   #10
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I had to cut mine out as well. I had new bolts to install -so no issue.
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:31 PM   #11
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I appreciate all the replies. After multiple hours of trying anything we could think of, I found a heavy duty grinder my dad had given me a while back and it was done in a matter of minutes. Had to grind off both ends of the bolt and pry the spring out of the hanger. 16 yrs will do that i guess...
Got the lift on and so far so good. Will post some before and after pics shortly. Thanks again!!
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:41 PM   #12
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Rides a lot better too. With the acception of the few things we ran into that held us up, the install is fairly simple. The problems were the pitman arm removal from the tie rod and steering box (remover tool I had sucked), rear front spring removal, rear track bar removal, two broken socket wrenches, a broken universal socket pivet (or whatever its called) & a partridge in a pear tree. This lift install was a first for both of us!
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