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Old 10-25-2018, 12:09 PM
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That one damn bolt! TF Body lift install

Ok, so as my luck would have it on any project I do, I started attempting to install the Teraflex 1.25in body lift on the JKU today and I am stuck with ONE bolt that doesn't want to come out. Of course this is preventing me from being able to complete my project. Thankfully, prior to installing any of the pucks, I removed all bolts one at a time to make sure there weren't going to be any issues leaving me with a have done project.

The bolt in question is the rear most body mount bolt on the passenger side. It's broken loose but it seems to be hung up on something that won't allow it to come out. I attempted to get it to seat again and tighten/loosen it in an to break up any rust however, I can't seem to accomplish this either and now I am stuck with a loose bolt in the rear.

I almost said screw it (no pun intended) and jacked the body up to see If I can get 11/12 pucks in and of course, this one bolt seems stuck enough that I can't get the body high enough to install any of the other pucks.

Any one ever have this problem and or have any creative solutions for me? I did try jacking up the body to see if I could get it to drop and that didn't seem to do anything. Maybe i'll try again another day. Some times these jeeps can be a real

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That's a new on for me...??...??? I'd send TF a message and ask them.
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Ok, so as my luck would have it on any project I do, I started attempting to install the Teraflex 1.25in body lift on the JKU today and I am stuck with ONE bolt that doesn't want to come out. Of course this is preventing me from being able to complete my project. Thankfully, prior to installing any of the pucks, I removed all bolts one at a time to make sure there weren't going to be any issues leaving me with a have done project.

The bolt in question is the rear most body mount bolt on the passenger side. It's broken loose but it seems to be hung up on something that won't allow it to come out. I attempted to get it to seat again and tighten/loosen it in an to break up any rust however, I can't seem to accomplish this either and now I am stuck with a loose bolt in the rear.

I almost said screw it (no pun intended) and jacked the body up to see If I can get 11/12 pucks in and of course, this one bolt seems stuck enough that I can't get the body high enough to install any of the other pucks.

Any one ever have this problem and or have any creative solutions for me. I did try jacking up the body to see if I could get it to drop and that didn't seem to do anything. Maybe i'll try again another day. Some times these jeeps can be a real
are you pulling on the bolt in the down direction while turning it?

for me, it felt like the bolt was loose, but when you pull down while turning it for what feels like 100 rotations, it comes out.
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I was yes. I was able to get the same bolt out on the other side, perhaps I was a little less patient on the last one? I will try again.

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Try jacking up the body in that area as u loosing the bolt so it keeps pressure on it
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Those bolts just go into, for a lack of better term, a threaded flat plate that are held in place by some sheet metal flanges. If the bolt is rusted and just keeps turning then you have a couple of options.

1. From inside the fender well cut an access hole to allow you to reach in and hold the loose plate to brake the bolt loose. (penetrating oil is your friend here) This will also require you to make a cover for the hole you just made but it can just be held on with some self tapping screws.

2. If you can get a sawzall blade or a cut off wheel on it cut the head of the bolt off and drive it up through the hole. Then take off the taillight and reach down and pull whats left of the bolt and the plate out.

Once the bolt is gone just get a large fender washer and a nut for the longer bolt you are installing and then reach through the tail light hole or the access hole you made and tighten it up after you install your new spacer.

This is a common problem on older jeeps. I had to drill access holes for all but two of the body bolts when I replaced the body mounts on my old YJ. Good luck with your project.
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Those bolts just go into, for a lack of better term, a threaded flat plate that are held in place by some sheet metal flanges. If the bolt is rusted and just keeps turning then you have a couple of options.

1. From inside the fender well cut an access hole to allow you to reach in and hold the loose plate to brake the bolt loose. (penetrating oil is your friend here) This will also require you to make a cover for the hole you just made but it can just be held on with some self tapping screws.

2. If you can get a sawzall blade or a cut off wheel on it cut the head of the bolt off and drive it up through the hole. Then take off the taillight and reach down and pull whats left of the bolt and the plate out.

Once the bolt is gone just get a large fender washer and a nut for the longer bolt you are installing and then reach through the tail light hole or the access hole you made and tighten it up after you install your new spacer.

This is a common problem on older jeeps. I had to drill access holes for all but two of the body bolts when I replaced the body mounts on my old YJ. Good luck with your project.
This sounds exactly like something that is going on here. That welded plate nut seems like it is detached from the inside of the body. Tried loosening everything and using an impact driver with the body as high as it will go, no luck there. Sounds like I am going to have to get creative.

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Just out of curiosity. Honestly considering cutting the bolt head and just leaving it out in that spot. Anyone foresee any immediate dangers of this? My jk already has another rear mount just above the muffler.

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My YJ was missing both back supports due to the PO hacking up the back frame supports. It was fine until I got around to fixing it. But this was not a 4 door either. Not sure how a JKU would be missing that support, especially on the passenger side that supports the tailgate with a spare tire hanging on it.....
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My YJ was missing both back supports due to the PO hacking up the back frame supports. It was fine until I got around to fixing it. But this was not a 4 door either. Not sure how a JKU would be missing that support, especially on the passenger side that supports the tailgate with a spare tire hanging on it.....
Yea we will see I guess. Looks like my project is going to be delayed a bit. Jeep is going to the stealership for new brake lines and a heater core. I'll hack back at it when I pick it up next week.

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2. If you can get a sawzall blade or a cut off wheel on it cut the head of the bolt off and drive it up through the hole. Then take off the taillight and reach down and pull whats left of the bolt and the plate out.
This is likely going to be the option I take. Only problem is, I took the tail light off and there is a wall of sheet metal blocking me from being able to reach my arm in the hole and get to the bolt/nut.

I wonder if I can drill a couple of holes in the sheet metal immediately adjacent to the mount and use some kind of rods to "catch" this flat washer and prevent it from spinning so I can just zip the bolt outta there. There are four total body mounts in the rear behind the rear tires, 2 on each side and they are only spaced approximately 8inches from each other. I'm thinking 3 out of 4 bolts ain't bad!

Whatever my solution is, I will be sure to try to take a video or some pictures to help the next person.
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Do not start cutting things yet...


On my JK, these body mount bolts are held in place with a thin sheetmetal 'retainer' located above the mounts. The retainers are kind of like the ones used on the lug studs to hold the brake rotors in place. Once the bolt is out of the tapped hole in the body, this retainer just spins with the bolt and keeps the bolt from coming out. Jack up the body a little and shine a flashlight in there to see the clip/retainer. Use needle-nose pliers or a long flat screwdriver to get in there and hold the clip from spinning while removing the bolt.


Once I found these pesky little retainers, I removed them from all of the body mount bolts.
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Do not start cutting things yet...


On my JK, these body mount bolts are held in place with a thin sheetmetal 'retainer' located above the mounts. The retainers are kind of like the ones used on the lug studs to hold the brake rotors in place. Once the bolt is out of the tapped hole in the body, this retainer just spins with the bolt and keeps the bolt from coming out. Jack up the body a little and shine a flashlight in there to see the clip/retainer. Use needle-nose pliers or a long flat screwdriver to get in there and hold the clip from spinning while removing the bolt.


Once I found these pesky little retainers, I removed them from all of the body mount bolts.
Are these inside the body tub or between the tub and frame? I pried and pried with everything ive got and even jacked the body up to try to pull the loose bolt out and something inside the tub is holding it. I used a hammer, mallet, and 3 foot pry bar. For a second I thought I was going to get it as the bolt was tight and difficult to spin, then went right back to spinning freely and not coming out.



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^^ They are between the top of the frame and the tub. I was able to see it by jacking up the body a little, then pushing the bolt upward and looking in with a flashlight. As I was pushing up on the bolt & spinning it by hand, I saw the retainer and went "aha !".


Go here and look at step 9 - it tells you about the retainer and shows a pic:
https://www.extremeterrain.com/rough...t-install.html


It says to just pry the bolt out, but I found that I had to hold the retainer and unscrew the bolt.
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^^ They are between the top of the frame and the tub. I was able to see it by jacking up the body a little, then pushing the bolt upward and looking in with a flashlight. As I was pushing up on the bolt & spinning it by hand, I saw the retainer and went "aha !".


Go here and look at step 9 - it tells you about the retainer and shows a pic:
https://www.extremeterrain.com/rough...t-install.html


It says to just pry the bolt out, but I found that I had to hold the retainer and unscrew the bolt.
Gotcha. Thank you for the info. It looks like something else is causing my problem that is on the inside of the tub. The bolt is loose enough to wiggle and spin by hand but wont come out of the tub. Even with the weight of the body jacked up off the frame. I have all new bolts anyway so I may try to get creative with a rotary tool and cut the bolt. Atleast be able to get the rest of the lift pucks in.

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It looks like something else is causing my problem that is on the inside of the tub. ... I may try to get creative with a rotary tool and cut the bolt.
Yeah, that's exactly the way it seems - the bolt goes into the tub and you can't see what is on the end of it, so it must be something in there that is keeping it in place. But it's not. I originally thought exactly the same thing as you. My bet is that it is one of these little retainers. If you haven't found it or seen it yet, as in actually put your eyes on that retainer, then I'm almost sure it's your problem. Don't cut anything until you find that retainer.
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Ill re-evaluate Monday. Hard to believe that retainer would prevent the body from seperating from the frame, be great if it was that easy! I was mashing on this thing with a crow bar.

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There shouldn't be any retainer issues. I have a newer jeep (no rust) I did a body lift on and all bolts came out fast and easy, including the one in question. The whole lift job took about 1.5 hours

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