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Old 07-06-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Screwed up...

Well....Hey guys, installed front spacer lift kit/shocks combo last night on the front, bolts were slightly seized but they fit just fine, onto the rear this morning and broke 3 of 4 upper bolts that hold the stock shocks in place, okay....tried drilling with 7 bits and they all just died. Drilled it with a bit large enough to fit a chisel and hammered the nut out, then used an EZ out to pull out the other one, now trying on the drivers side of the vehicle (right) and the inner bolt broke, but there is no space, can't lift up body because there is alot of mounts to get past just to lift it up not to mention all the things I have to disconnect such as electrical and gas filler hose, so I took a chisel and heavy hammer to the broken bolt to take out the nut, now it's a wreck down there and the plate that holds the shock down is broken, how can I fix this? I am boiling...also getting an ear full from my dad about this crap so I am really lost... Not to mention there is a goddamn offroad event tomorrow morning I have to be at.

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Old 07-06-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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I had this happen with one on mine and one on a friends Jeep. Since we were already installing a BL on his, and I already had a BL on mine, I only had to jack the rear of the tub off the frame enough to be able to squeeze a wrench in with a nut taped to it and a bolt was inserted from the bottom. You should only need to remove the rear 6 mounts if you already have a body lift. and loosen the front pair a little. Leave the one under the grill tight and the tub shouldn't be able to twist out of alignment. If you don't already have a body lift it is a little harder since you have to lift higher. It can be done.

I have heard one story of someone using a hole saw on the floor of the tub to create access holes. I wasn't willing to do this on mine yet but it is another option.

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Old 07-06-2012, 11:05 PM   #3
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Well man the problem is the shock mount plate (?) has been broken off now because of all the mounting, Im guessing we can arc weld it back but will it be strong enough? I'm really stressing out right now because I dont ever want to be on the trail and hit a hole real hard and break out my shocks :\ Thanks
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:30 PM   #4
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My neighbor has welded motor mounts on at least 4 frankensteins all over 500 hp. Hasn't broke a mount yet. Weld it right and you will be fine
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:40 PM   #5
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Thanks tbensor, well another problem is I have no body lift installed so to add insult to injury I gotta lift her up a bit higher than usual, should I drop the tank or lift the body up in order to weld the mount on? It's the inner bolt that brok by the way ( drivers side) also the two other bolts broke on passenger side but we managed to save threading on one and ripped out the other one. Does it really matter how much I F up now? haha
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:52 AM   #6
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I know this doesn't help much now but PB Blaster is your friend. When I did mine I sprayed all the bolts everyday for a week and they came out with little effort.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:00 AM   #7
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Yeah I sprayed some lube in the front, came out waaay easier than the back. I dont know what got into my head to not do the back I feel stupid now, I'm dreading even going to the mech to see the Jeep.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:21 PM   #8
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Drill out the rears, or cut them off with a Dremel or a small die grinder with a cutting wheel. The latter is tedious, but it works. Replace with bolts+washers installed from above, and call it a day.

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