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help stock shackle removal

hey guys im halfway done puttting my new belltech shackles on but i cant get the bolt out of the top of my stock shackle. i got the nut removed from the back but it still wont move any help will be greatly appreciated
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You do have the axle jacked up so there is no weight on the leaf spring right?
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also, try some penetrating oil and maybe heat to help move it out.
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I had to turn the bolt almost all the way out. It was a royal PITA.
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i needed lots of heat to do mine
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yea i got the drivers side all done but the passsenger side is pita. im gonna try heating it up tommorrow. it almost seems like there is a second nut on the back of the bolt. no matter what i try to do this bolt wont come out.
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ive been contemplating cutting the end of the bolt off and just trying to hammer it out the back.
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Heat it up and give it a good smack.
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I had this problem on my Exploder when I replaced the shackles. I ended up cutting the head of the bolt off, heating it, and hammering the crap out of it with a 3lb ball-peen and a wide head screwdriver.

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Mine did that too lol i just played with the axle going up and down at the same time as i was impacting it out and it finally came.
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