Which tool 2 use on this bolt for replacing shock absorbers?

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  1. roundhouse

    roundhouse Medium Load Member

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    Can you sawzall the bolt between the shock and frame ?
    And push what’s left of the bolt out ?

    and use a new bolt with the new shock ?

    Or just take it to a mechanic or welding shop and have them torch it out . will take you longer to park and walk in and ask how much than it will for them to blow the bolt off with a torch .
     
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  3. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    Not much room at all to get anything inside the hole where the nut is...This a picture from the other side. Was able to get this one out obviously. 20200717_130444.jpg
     
  4. skallagrime

    skallagrime Heavy Load Member

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    Oh, thats easy, use your grinder to cut the bolt flush at the shock on the outside, slip shock off and at worst you might have to cut it closer again
     
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    skallagrime Heavy Load Member

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  6. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    I was able to change this shock, the one im having trouble with i can't get the nut loose so I dont have that room on the bolt to cut... unless I tried to grind the head... think paying someone to torch is gonna be best option
     
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  7. jason6541

    jason6541 Road Train Member

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    When you put the new hardware on be sure to use antiseize willing to bet a thin wall box end wrench will work. Bet the dealer uses that for that nut.
     
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  8. skallagrime

    skallagrime Heavy Load Member

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    Even with the bolt close up, its easier to cut at the bolt head then grind flush, make sure you have multiple grinding wheels

    I would cut at a slight angle to aiming to still be able to toss a wrench on the bolt head to shear it (bolt head) off
     
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  9. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    For what you're going to pay someone to do it I mean if you have somewhere to store it you really should just buy yourself a little welding outfit.

    You can get small bottles and a cutting torch and make sure you get a rosebud torch because there's going to be things that you're going to need to heat up.

    Once you have access to a torch you'll wonder what you did before you had it.
     
  10. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Either jam something against the nut, and turn the bolt with a socket, breaker and cheater bar, or take a small cutting wheel, on small grinder, cut the bottom of the shock off, then cut the remaining eyelet of the shock off the bolt, then cut the bolt. I used a cheap 1/4” harbor freight air grinder, ran off the trucks compressor to cut my U bolts. Small enough and powerful enough for that. 4” cutting wheel on a small electric grinder will probably work best. Just cut the head off, if that’s leaves enough room to get nut/bolt out.
     
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  11. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Watch your fingers using the grinder w/ cutting wheel. Don’t ask how I know.
     
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