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Lowering truck right now....DONE...pics up.

So I have my bed off but I can't seem to get the bolts out of the hangers to unbolt my leafs. Do they HAVE to come out or can I cut the rivets...flip the hangers, and just go on with the process? Thanks in advanced!

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it will make it alot easier if you unbolt them, get some PB blaster or wd40, otherwise your gonna have to get that grinder in weird *** positions and you may cut thru the hanger because of it.
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uh...yeah the leafs need to be unbolted from the hanger. Use heat or a breaker bar or a air gun since you've got your bed off.
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I got it soaked in PB right now but it just won't come through. I'm gonna go at it with a grinder on this side...it's only got two rivets and the others are bolts.....EFF this is more than a one man job, lol....
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heat? air impact?
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no heat available...i got the bolt loose form the nut, it just won't pull through the bushing I'm assuming....
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no impact available either....haha sorry
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get an open end wrench in there and pull the bolt out. or a prybar. or a slide hammer/puller. may need to play with the amount of load on the spring a little bit with the floor jack.
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yea jack the axle up and it should relieve some pressure on the leafs, allowing you to get the bolt out, it for sure is not a one man job, althought when i did it keith stood there and made sure i didnt get pinned under my truck and hand me tools that i needed
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I got it soaked in PB right now but it just won't come through. I'm gonna go at it with a grinder on this side...it's only got two rivets and the others are bolts.....EFF this is more than a one man job, lol....
lol the left side is what your talking about i bet, mine was the same way 2 bolts and 2 rivets
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blah...a superlift or a DJM 4/5 is a one man job. come on people...make it happen with one person. jeeeze. lol. I've gotten good at dropping trans and putting it back in with one person.
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My bolts were fused to the metal sleeve that goes through the bushing. I ended up using a sawzall and cutting the bolt and replacing the bushings and bolts. Energy suspension has a set of bushings for pretty cheap.
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Just make sure to replace those rivets with Grade 8 bolts.

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Get yourself a torch!! Propane, MAPP dosent matter it will make your life so much easier doing stuff like this.
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blah...a superlift or a DJM 4/5 is a one man job. come on people...make it happen with one person. jeeeze. lol. I've gotten good at dropping trans and putting it back in with one person.
you can do a superlift but you cant do emblems.. fail!
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ok...got the two rivet head soff without cuttin through the hanger.....onto the drilling............
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Use your superhuman strength, make a retarded face.. and pry that bolt off!
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got the grade 8's right next to me. bolts, nuts, and lock washers :)
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there are various ways to get those rivets out but i didnt drill mine, after i cut the heads out i took a BFH and a punch and knocked them out
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Have you tried using a cheater pipe?
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You forgot to tell him to add the 13 dirty words that help to...

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You forgot to tell him to add the 13 dirty words that help to...
does that go something like
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oh wait thats 14 lol
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you can do a superlift but you cant do emblems.. fail!
I can do 3 thank you. And well...I havn't had the right mindset to finish the two new emblems I've got sitting next to me. Remember...I did my first well over a two year ago and it has been on my tailgate for over a year now. You emblems were....well...easy as hell thanks to you wanting to paint the downhill portions of it buddo...get yourself some of the 06+'s and get to work. You'll see what a pain it is...
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I thought it was 14?

**** **** **** **** c(hicken)sucker mother ****er **** fart turd ****?
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...onto the next side....ugh
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I can do 3 thank you. And well...I havn't had the right mindset to finish the two new emblems I've got sitting next to me. Remember...I did my first well over a two year ago and it has been on my tailgate for over a year now. You emblems were....well...easy as hell thanks to you wanting to paint the downhill portions of it buddo...get yourself some of the 06+'s and get to work. You'll see what a pain it is...
na im good with my old emblems, too many people are rockin 06 badges and tails, id rather have my truck be unique than be trendy. and i wasnt talkin about the badges i was talkin ford emblems! lol
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