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Old 01-17-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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stuck shock bolts

replacing my old rugged ridge shocks with new nitro skyjackers, but the old bolts of the rear shocks have so far been impossible to take out. i drilled one side but would really like to not have to do it again and its in a very tight space, any suggestions? 2006 wrangler TJ

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Same thing happened to me. It was the only spot that I did not hit with pb blaster the night before I installed my lift. I dropped my gas tank to drill them out.

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Old 01-17-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
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I just replaced my original shocks a couple months ago, and I think what helped me was using a long breaker bar. This way I was able to apply smooth pressure. I actually got every bolt out without them breaking, and I didn't even use pb blaster... If yours are really in there try pb blaster and the breaker bar.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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gonna try the pb blaster not too sure a breaker bar will fit though
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If they break, blow the nut off the frame with an air hammer and start over. That's what I did.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:14 PM   #6
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I had an extension on my breaker bar to help get it up into the tight spaces.
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I cut my old shocks out with an angle grinder...it's my solution for everything.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:42 PM   #8
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the old shock is still in place so i cant get up to take the nut off ill keep the extended breaker bar and angle grinder ideas in mind though
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:00 PM   #9
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I used pb blaster, dropped the tank and still ended up breaking 3 of the bolts off. I ended up using an angle grinder with a cut-off wheel to cut off the back portion of the top shock brackets... then welded new nuts in place. Then finally, we welded the portion we cut off back in place. Another member on here had a great idea though..... get the old nuts outta there however you can and put a stud down thru the hole.... weld it in and then all you have to do is put a nut on the end of the stud to put the shock back on. Then if you have to do it again in another 10 years.... simply split the nut if it is rusted too bad to get it off. Good Luck!
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:31 PM   #10
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X2 on the air hammer method. I cut the nuts off the top through the triangle shaped hole in the wheel well (behind the plastic cover if you haven't already removed them). If you need more room, you can loosen your body bolts and jack one side of the body up as well. I spent a few days messing around trying other methods before I did this. Should have just done it in the first place and saved a lot of time and frustration.
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I cut my old shocks out with an angle grinder...it's my solution for everything.
x2, a hell of a lot faster than drilling. Just watch where your sparks fly if you choose this method. You want them to shoot the oposite direction of your gas tank. If you don't have a choice, prop up a piece of cardboard to stop the sparks and angle them toward the floor.

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