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Ok so we're stuck, we can't get the front core support bolts out of the bushings. If anyone could call me 9197240244 and help me out with this that would be freakin amazing.
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Try heating them up with a torch and then using a vice to help pull them out.
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Try calling me at 8:30 and waking me up... Cuz I usually have answers that early lol
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Try heating them up with a torch and then using a vice to help pull them out.
Already been done, and what kind of vise?
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you need to hold them with a big old pair of channel lock pliers. then have someone crank on the bolt. its a bear to get out and heat isnt going to help much.
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I've already tried that, do you hold the top or bottom bushing? I thought it was the bottom.
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you need to hold them with a big old pair of channel lock pliers. then have someone crank on the bolt. its a bear to get out and heat isnt going to help much.
x2, I used a 6" pipe wrench...and it was hard, even with an impact.

You definetly need an impact. It's going to kind of round the big bushing a ltitle, your going to have to hold on to the channel locks with a death grip, and impact it out.

It is the hard part of the body lift for sure.

EDIT: Hold the top (the big part, I think I have a pic I may dig up)
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My impact isn't doing anything, it wont even spin the bushing like the breaker bar does.
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Did you get one of them out? or can you not get either one?
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My impact isn't doing anything, it wont even spin the bushing like the breaker bar does.
Sorry to say, but you need a bigger impact. Try PB Blaster.

Reason I say is, my impact wouldn't budge kevoo's, I went to my buddy's shop and got the mac 850 and it came right off...it actually came off so fast that the pliers flew out of my hands
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Already tried PB plaster and a bigger impact isn't a possibility
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From experience, I've put on 9 body lifts...you need to use a big big impact. We had to use a 1000ft# one for 2 trucks...it was a heavy heavy tool we got from the fire department maintinance division. Sometimes that bolt is in there.

I guess try a breaker bar. It's not going to shake it loose like an impact would though. If anything go to a shop and ask a mechanic to borrow his impact. Give him like 20 bucks or something...

You need a big impact...but it deifnetly can be done w/o a big one.
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i used no air tools on my truck.

get out there with a big bar and bust it loose. you have to have like 2 people minimum holding the parts.

pipe wrench is another good idea.
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If all else fails, headover to somehwere that has an oxy-acetelyne torch and torch it all out. Get new bushings/used bushings whatever. Torch it out with a real torch.
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Ok so heres what I try, you guys keep on saying everything I've tried. PB blaster, torching it, breaker bar, 2 people holding it, channel locks, regular rachet.

Is it the bushing thats above the body mount or the bushing under it thats threaded? I came up with the idea of drilling a hole thru both bushing and the body mount and putting a bolt thru it to hold everything. Input?
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And how would i use a pipe wrench on this?
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you hold that part that is threaded. so below the bushing.

a pipe wrench will clamp right on it. btw they must be used in te correct orrientation or it will not self clamp on it.
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i think its below... maybe its ontop of it. sorry i cant remember
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Well you are going to have to drill out the threads anyway. The threads are on the bottom of the bushing (toward the ground). It is inside the rubber bushing. It is shaped like a cone, with the bottom toward the ground.

The way I did it after I put the block on top, was put a bolt through the top with the threads sticking out the bottom, used a bolt on the bottom. I've done that on all the trucks.

We keep telling you to do the same thing because it is the right way to do it.

Get 3 people. Two holding the breaker bar with a cheater pipe on it, and one hold the 6-8" pipe wrench on top. Hold the pipe wrench with a death grip and have the two people spin the breaker...it should just come loose. I've only had a problem with two trucks and they were both newer.

I have only used a breaker once, and it was way harder than the impact.
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And how would i use a pipe wrench on this?
I always grab the BIG round part of it. I don't know any other way. I'm getting a pic right now
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Ok I think I understand what your saying now, sorry this has just frustrated the crap out of me all day long. I have some pipe wrenches but don't know what the correct oreintation is for them. I guess theres only 2 ways they could go on.
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I always grab the BIG round part of it. I don't know any other way. I'm getting a pic right now
Awesome pics are just what I need.
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This is what I hold. Like I said, I used a pipe wrench. In the second pic you can see how I took a bolt and put it through (I cut the threads off the stock bushing so the aftermarket bolt goes in).



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I'm working on more pics now...I have to search through my computer...and theres lots of pics, they are organized, but hard to find what time period the pics are
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Hey Ricky.....

Do you have the bolts going down? Hex head at top, threads on bottom?
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