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Old 06-04-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Shock removal HELP!

I am installing a spacer lift on my tj and I am having a real tough time getting the front shocks off. The top stud/nut are rusty and i can't find anything to get a good hold on the stud. I've been using a crescent wrench but i've pretty well rounded one side now. I'm working on the other side slowly trying to get it off. I've been spraying it with pb blast since before i started taking things apart. I'm not real sure what to do at this point...any help would be great!

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Old 06-04-2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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Hacksaw! Good luck!

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Old 06-04-2011, 11:39 AM   #3
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Crescent wrench?????? Should used the proper wrench for starters. The problem with adjustable wrenches is they wigglethemselves loose when you try to do any serious wrenching. Even Vise grips would have been better. But If you are doing a lift, might as well upgrade the shocks at the same time, so yeah, just cut the suckers off.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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If you have a torch you can heat the nut (it doesn't need to be red hot), it will expand when heated and will loosen the rust which will make it easier to remove. BTW, the proper wrench will work wonders as well.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:38 PM   #5
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I should have clarified, I have the correct wrenches for both the nut and the stud, but the top of the stud is like a 6mm and I can't keep ahold of it. I do have new shocks so I'm thinking about cutting. I'm assuming you just cut the rod and pull it out the top? What would be better a sawzall with a metal blade or an angle grinder with a cutting wheel? Thanks for the quick help! The thing is jacked up in my garage and the wife's patients is getting a little thin!
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:40 PM   #6
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:41 PM   #7
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I used a hacksaw.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:47 PM   #8
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To cut it off I used one of these. Worked pretty good.

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:12 PM   #9
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I used a hacksaw the last time I installed shocks on a truck I owned. Maybe a Dremel tool would work as well. By the way, what BB and shocks did you end up buying? Maybe you could give a ride report after your install. Good luck with the install!
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:20 PM   #10
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Those are tough, I watched the guy at Sears replace my shocks and the very last bolt broke off when using a impact gun. Good thing for the free install
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:50 PM   #11
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Me 2 - Shocks 0. Thanks for the help! I will post some pics when done. It a zone 2" spring spacer lift and shocks package.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:19 PM   #12
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I had to dremel mine off. The new shocks came with new nuts anyway.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:56 PM   #13
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Me 2 - Shocks 0. Thanks for the help! I will post some pics when done. It a zone 2" spring spacer lift and shocks package.
Please do let us know what you think of that lift Ive been looking at the same one. Also what shocks did you get with it?
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:06 PM   #14
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I ended up cutting the rod and nut using a sawzall with a metal blade. I wish I would have just done that from the start. I would have saved about 3 hours and a lot of wear and tear on my knuckles. That was the only difficult part of the whole process. The kit bought is listed below with the upgraded Nitro Shocks. I found it on ebay for the same price as the standard shocks.

http://[URL="http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=20&gr=-1"]zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=20&gr=-1[/URL]

So far I like it we took it around last night and I really didn't notice any change in the ride quality...I don't drive it every day so it is hard to get a comparison for ride quality. I also replaced the coil springs, depending on the age of the jeep the springs can settle. I found a set on craigslist that only had a couple of years on em instead of my stock ones that are 11yrs old. I will post some pics as soon as i figure out how...
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:28 PM   #15
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I removed the bottom nuts pushed the shocks up around the lower housing, pulled them up and snapped the top of the shock off.
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I removed the bottom nuts pushed the shocks up around the lower housing, pulled them up and snapped the top of the shock off.
That's actually becoming a fairly popular way of dealing with the problem.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:02 PM   #17
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Often when a nut won't come off - shocks or most anything, a Nutsplitter comes to the rescue. Cheap, easy, and no fuss. Every toolbox should have one.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:13 PM   #18
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Mark me down as one who snapped my shocks off at the top in order to remove them. I first tried a bimetallic blade on my sawzall and it just ended up ruining the blade by burning all the teeth off and turning it blue. It was at that point that I realized that I was dealing with a chromed hardened rod which I know is also quite brittle. After unbolting the bottom of the shock, a hard pull on it which resulted in a satisfying break and then I knew I was home free.

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Hopefully this worked, this is the first time posting pics so we'll see.

Also, from the earlier posts about getting those front shocks off, I tried cutting the rod with a sawzall and metal blade and found that impossible, but I could cut right through the nut and stud, no problem.
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Well it doesn't look like it worked very well, any tips on posting pics? I tried on imageshack and photobucket, never used the sites before. I feel like this is harder than getting the shocks off!
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Just clicked the pic and it was fine. Nice job! Your Jeep looks sharp! It be great if you could post a report after you've taken it for a good drive.


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Well it doesn't look like it worked very well, any tips on posting pics? I tried on imageshack and photobucket, never used the sites before. I feel like this is harder than getting the shocks off!
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:01 AM   #22
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Where can you find a nut splitter? Thanks.


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Often when a nut won't come off - shocks or most anything, a Nutsplitter comes to the rescue. Cheap, easy, and no fuss. Every toolbox should have one.
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Splitter? Auto parts stores, Sears, Snap On, Mac, etc.

Nother tip on removing the shock top nut. If you are tossing the old ones.

Cut the plastic shield off the top of the shock, and there's the shaft. 6 point wrench on the nut, and use vice grips to turn the shaft. I've even used a plumbers wrench on occasion. Neat tool used for round pipes. The head pivots and the jaws are set up so that the harder you pull on the handle the tighter they grip.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:59 AM   #24
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Thanks for tip on where to buy the splitter. I checked my rear shocks bolts and they have a little rust even out here in dry Arizona, so I'l have to use PB for those. I'll have to look for the pipe wrench for the front shocks. Although, the tip on braking the shock shaft my come in handy when the patience wears off. Thanks.

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Splitter? Auto parts stores, Sears, Snap On, Mac, etc.

Nother tip on removing the shock top nut. If you are tossing the old ones.

Cut the plastic shield off the top of the shock, and there's the shaft. 6 point wrench on the nut, and use vice grips to turn the shaft. I've even used a plumbers wrench on occasion. Neat tool used for round pipes. The head pivots and the jaws are set up so that the harder you pull on the handle the tighter they grip.

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