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I cant get front leaf spring bolt out. help!!!!

well im swapping in exploder leafs into my truck and i cant get the front bolt to even break loose on the drivers side can i heat them? i know it will get stuck when i try and pound it out what are some good tricks to getting these bolts out there a pain in the ***. right now they are soaking in wd40.


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wd40 is fail. get some PB blaster
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they got some stuff in a can that freezes the bolt now, maybe give that a shot
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^^^ never heard of that stuff
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^^^ never heard of that stuff
go to any auto parts store they should have it, its a white can with a yellow lid. makes wd40 look like trash lol
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i know what pb blaster is dumb *** i was talking about the freeze stuff lol im just so frustrated it took me all day to pull 2 leafs and a left front axle shaft from my buddys junk yard and i just worked on my truck for 4 hours and got one leaf off
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you need to work out then lol
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the funny part is im using an impact that has 500 lbs or torque in reverse and i held it for a good 30 second multiple time and it didnt move an inch
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someone has a vagina for a right arm! hahaha jk! get some steel piping and use it as a torque bar.. it may take like 3 feet of piping but just to get enough leverage.
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yeah thats what im going to try this morning i have been working on this damn thing since 9 this morning with about a 4 hour break
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seriously, i had to use a breaker bar to get the bolts out of my shackles when i flipped my hangers
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its not the shackles its the bolts on the front of the leaf springs and it the drivers side so the damn gas tank is there its suck a pain in my ***
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yea i think im gonna have some fun tomarrow dealing with my swaybar and the gastank being next to it
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yeah when i swapped axles i just left the bars hand from the frame the gas tank sucks ***
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well im swapping in exploder leafs into my truck and i cant get the front bolt to even break loose on the drivers side can i heat them? i know it will get stuck when i try and pound it out what are some good tricks to getting these bolts out there a pain in the ***. right now they are soaking in wd40.


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ah ic ic... so this is what i have to look forward to!!! im going to swap exploder leaf springs in my ranger too!!!
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yeah its blows lol

best advice the soaked the exploder leafs with wd40 last week and everything came apart pretty easy my truck i didnt do and i regret it
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Cut the bolt with a sawzall and and use an air chisel to punch the rest out. Thats what I had to do when I replaced mine. But on mine, I had to end up cutting 3 out of 6 bolts with the sawzall. If you do end up cutting it off, I would suggest using a carbide blade otherwise you'll go through a bunch of regular ones.
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I ended up cutting the bolts out of the SAS donor I had. It was just easier than use force to turn it.
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i dont think there is enough room between the gas tank and the shackle to cut the head off and punch it out if i cant get it to move thats what happening this morning.


did you guys cut bettwen the leaf and the hanger or on the outside of the hanger
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My shackle bolt was stuck last weekend when I did my lift. It was siezed into the sleeze of the bushing.

I brought the truck into a heavy rig garage, and the dude came out with a 3 foot long air hammer to beat it out. Took him 15 minutes with it, it looked like the truck was going to rattle apart.

He did what I would never have been able to do, so I was happy to pay the $80 labour for him to change that shackle. I figured I put in 6 hours on one bolt with no success, so I sucked it up and just paid for it to be over.
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lol why would you even think about heating it up when the gas tank is like 6 inches away...
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Grow a pair try heating it.



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lol why would you even think about heating it up when the gas tank is like 6 inches away...
i welded on the driver frame rail right next to the spring hanger

caught some plastic conduit on fire inside the frame rail at the same time... luckily i had a fire extinguisher ready ha

but seriously, a little butane torch on the bolt isn't gonna do **** to the gas tank, just make sure your well ventilated incase there are any fumes coming out.
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^^^ agree im not going to be using a huge torch. i bought a cam of pb blaster this morning so hopefully things will go smoother
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anyone else the pb blaster didnt do **** and i cant move it with a big bar
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let your sister try? i bet shes stronger
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