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post #1 of 9 Old 03-27-2018, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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help removing super rusty front shocks.

hey guys, got any tricks for removing the nut off the upper shaft of the front shocks?

i was trying a wrench and vice grips on the end but the threads are pretty much destroyed from rust. i was thinking about trying to cut the shaft but i cant see a space i can fit a 4.5 grinder

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Re: help removing super rusty front shocks.

Used a sawzal when I had a 2wd


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Re: help removing super rusty front shocks.

If you're installing new shocks just take a grinder or sawzall to the nut itself. The large washer and bushing below the nut should be replaced and the new shock should come with them anyway, so don't worry about mucking them up.
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Re: help removing super rusty front shocks.

For tight spaces like that I use a dremel, or an air die grinder with a 2" diamond disc in it. My sawzsall is too big to use on stuff like that. I have a right angle and straight air die grinder so one or the other usually works for me.

Other option is carefully use a set of torches to cut through the stud... assumes you A: have a set and B: know how to use them well .

Third option- soak it with wd45/pblaster for a few days and use vicegrips...

Fourth: same as above but use a propane torch to heat it up- then spray with wd40... the heat helps suck the wd40 into the rusted threads.
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Dremel works good due to lack of room.Be sure to have plenty of cut-off wheels.













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Re: help removing super rusty front shocks.

I helped a friend change his front shocks and we could only get about 5 turns on the top nut before it locked up. Ended up using a small hacksaw to cut it below the nut. Kind of a last resort, but it worked.
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Re: help removing super rusty front shocks.

i didnt even think of the dremmel. my sawzall is kinda bulky and looks like i couldnt even get a blade into there.

could i use the plasti-dip in a can and shmoo it all over the new threaded area when i put them in? i was thinking it would solidify and keep this from happening again
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Re: help removing super rusty front shocks.

Try anti-seize instead.
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