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Leaf Spring Removal (first front, then probably back)
« on: Apr 27, 2019, 06:28:59 PM »
Hey Everyone, Iím trying to remove the front leaf spring on my 1983 and the shackle and front bolt are not budging. I dropped the axle and tried to take some weight off the springs to then be able to remove the bolts but nothing is moving more than an inch.

If thereís something Iím missing then Iíd love some help or insight that could help me to remove them so I can get some new springs in that would be great!!

Iíll also update with any developments I find and make.


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Lots of wd-40, some patience and a BFH.
Consider just cutting and replacing.
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I like pb blaster better, and a torch if you have it. are you using standard hand tools, or an impact wrench?

I have a 20v dewalt xr brushless motor impact, and it does like 600 foot pounds of torque with like 1200 ft pounds of breakaway torque. it can do some amazing things
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Yep, PB let it soak in over night, if that don't do it, hit it with some heat. 

Or, just go at it with good socket, breaker bar, and long piece of pipe, you will either break the nut loose, or break the bolt.
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I would take a sawzall to the head, of either the nut or bolt, whichever is easy to get to. Cut as close as you can. Then a simple breaker bar should snap what's left. Then pound out whatevers left.  :usa:
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I should clarify, all the nuts are removed, itís the rubber bushings on the shackles and front bolt that wonít move, Iíve used lubricating/ 3-1 oil a few times but it still wonít move


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I would drill a slight pilot hole on ends of bolts. With nuts removed. Air hammer with the correct tip should push them out.. :flamer:
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Thanks everyone. I'm gonna try to use an air hammer tonight on at least on of the bolt to see if I can make some progress.
I'll make sure to update the thread when I do it.

Wish me luck :thumbs:!

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Are you removing to replace the bushing or the entire spring? Either way, heat it up with a torch and melt them boogers out.
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