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Old June 6th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Replacing spring bolts XJ Dana 35

I am setting up to install a new set of springs on the rear of my XJ, I would like to buy new U-bolts and hardware to hang it with.

Who knows from experiance if Napa or Autovaule, or any other chain store carries that kind of hardware? I live in muskegon and have used Muskegon Brake's spring shop a few times but never liked the quality of their U-bolts. It seems that they bend them onsite and they always seem not to fit how they should.

I know I prolly could get them online but I can usally get better deals through the parts store. Any suggestions

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Damn looks like im stuck with M. Brake
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Muskegon Brake has always done a great job for me Scott. Give them a 2nd chance.
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I live in muskegon and have used Muskegon Brake's spring shop a few times but never liked the quality of their U-bolts.
Sorry a 4th or 5th try maybe
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looks like Muskegon brake is the only place around that carries then size that I need.

So now after looking at my front leaf eye bolts Im not to excited about puting this together. I have been told to cut into the uni-body but after looking over it I am confused. I dont want to cut the inner side do I? I think that I will need to cut just under the outer pocket that hold the bolt, any one else doing this? I would assume it needs to be reinforced once cut.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 12:32 PM   #6
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looks like Muskegon brake is the only place around that carries then size that I need.

So now after looking at my front leaf eye bolts Im not to excited about puting this together. I have been told to cut into the uni-body but after looking over it I am confused. I dont want to cut the inner side do I? I think that I will need to cut just under the outer pocket that hold the bolt, any one else doing this? I would assume it needs to be reinforced once cut.
just try taking the bolts out first you might get lucky. and they might spin right out. you dont know.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 12:33 PM   #7
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looks like Muskegon brake is the only place around that carries then size that I need.

So now after looking at my front leaf eye bolts Im not to excited about puting this together. I have been told to cut into the uni-body but after looking over it I am confused. I dont want to cut the inner side do I? I think that I will need to cut just under the outer pocket that hold the bolt, any one else doing this? I would assume it needs to be reinforced once cut.
What they mean is cut a hole on the inside of the uniframe so that you can get to the nut side, which is captured inside the uniframe.

I myself prefer to cut the spring apart to save the bolt and the uniframe.
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What they mean is cut a hole on the inside of the uniframe so that you can get to the nut side, which is captured inside the uniframe.

I myself prefer to cut the spring apart to save the bolt and the uniframe.
My Jeep is rusty enough that I was able to remove my carpet and place my hand inside the "frame" the welded nut is not in there its between the uniframe and spring bracket

How does cutting the spring apart get the bolt out easier or allow me to use heat on the nut?
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just try taking the bolts out first you might get lucky. and they might spin right out. you dont know.
Tried this already. Bolts seem to be frozen in the bushings. I think a sawzall will be my freind to get them out but I still need to replace the nut obviously
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My Jeep is rusty enough that I was able to remove my carpet and place my hand inside the "frame" the welded nut is not in there its between the uniframe and spring bracket

How does cutting the spring apart get the bolt out easier or allow me to use heat on the nut?
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Tried this already. Bolts seem to be frozen in the bushings. I think a sawzall will be my freind to get them out but I still need to replace the nut obviously
If you cut the spring off the bushing and take the bushing off the sleeve, you can then open up the sleeve and remove the bolt without having to sacrifice the captured nut or bolt.
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If you cut the spring off the bushing and take the bushing off the sleeve, you can then open up the sleeve and remove the bolt without having to sacrifice the captured nut or bolt.
X2. unless, i guess if the nut already spun on you. id still take the spring and crap off it tho
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No the nut hasnt broken loose yet.

So what your saying is that when the sprung weight is off the bolt and the inner bushing sleeve is gone then I can use the torch to heat around the bolt and it should come out easy? this makes sense to me and I have no reason to save the springs so I guess I am gonna cut the eyes open.
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