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donny
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9/04/2004
11:57:49

Subject: front shock replacement
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Okay, I did my research on doing the front shocks but still have a problem- I broke one of the bottom bolts on the right side. It looks like the nuts are welded on so I drilled out the bolt as big as I dared without wrecking the threads and still no luck. Grabbing the top with vice grips isn't doing it either. Any suggestions?



LilRed01
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9/04/2004
16:13:21

RE: front shock replacement
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Try an extractor and a bit of heat, If that doesnt work drill it a little bigger and tap it to a new bolt size. if that still won't work then you could use a longer bolt and put a nut on the end of it.



donny
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9/04/2004
18:28:06

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Lilred- Thanks for the advice; I drilled it out a bit bigger and crushed the bolt to take it out in pieces. The threads were a little dinged up (its hard to drill straight with the truck on stands not a lift) so I used a longer bolt and put a nut on top of it.
Thanks again



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9/05/2004
10:33:02

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hey red??? didja ever hear of a tool called an "easy out"? after drilling out the bolt somewhat to allow the largest size easyout that comes in the kit that actually fits the hole you drill, that does not hit the threads by being too big, you lube the bolt remains still in the hole with penetrating oil for a day or so, using several aplications, then uses the easy out to back the bolt out. save messing up the internal threads and having to african engineer the thing (which makes it unsafe by the way)



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