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Old August 11th, 2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Default Broke TJ Upper Shock Bolts

Putting a lift on a 99 TJ and when removing the rear shocks I had a bolt break on each side in the tub. Best way to get them out? Cut access holes in the tub? Any ideas or comments?
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Old August 11th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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I just went through this about 6 months ago. Do the broken bolts spin? If they dont then you can just put a nut on the broken bolt threads thats what I did. If they do spin then its a little more tricky.
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Old August 11th, 2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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No, they broke clean off in the tub
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Old August 11th, 2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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TJ nuts are welded better than XJ's. My trick for the broken bolts is air hammer the broken bolt/nut out of the way and drop new bolts in nut it and finish. I did have a couple break on one with a body lift one time, so I just put some heat on the nut and spun the broken bolt out from the top with a stud puller.
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Ok, how did you get a wrench on the top of the new bolt after you knocked the old one out of the way?
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Old August 11th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #6
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I didn't. Air gun spun it tight in no time. If you have a welder handy, you can tack the bolt to the frame.
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Ok I see, I have both. Wasn't sure if a air hammer would push the old bolt up and out of the way.
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The broken parts will be out of the way enough to get a new bolt in the hole. The frame is in two layers there. The new bolt will end up on the outside layer.
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I appreciate it, I will give it a shot
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It's time to out board the shocks and be done with the crappy factory mounts.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 05:12 AM   #11
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It's time to out board the shocks and be done with the crappy factory mounts.
I will have to investigate that, not sure I know how
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