I hope this will be my last new thread in searching for answers. As soon as my parts arrive tomorrow, this beast is getting put back together.
Ok so I have an 02 FX4, twin stick 5-speed with 88K.
Here's my latest (and hopefully last) dilemma.
I had to cut the bolts off to get this beast off (in order to access the right-most bolt on the transfer case) with a torch to even THINK about removing it.
Now, the bolts in this pic are actually pressed-in studs that aren't meant to be removed:
I attempted to blue wrench the one on the top and the whole stud broke.
These were the spring bolts (which, had to be cut off, as well) and while I was able to find replacement bolts, I'm not sure how to get the ends off:
I was talking with the dealer about this. I asked if I should be hearing things rattle around inside and their blatant answer was "NO!" Well, it sounds like a babies rattle in there.
So, should I replace this or try to salvage it all? I really DON'T have the $1500 the dealer wants for the part, however, I'm pretty sure I can get a full cat-back system for around $500. Not that I really have the cash for that, either, but it would outlast the life of the truck.