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    Changing rear shocks after a week of penetrating oil ....guess what

    I changed my front shocks about 7 days ago bilstein 5100s.
    I saw the rear upper bolts were rusty so I got some penetrating oils on it 3 times a day for a good week now . I go in with a flashlight and check the top nuts out yesterday and find the passenger side outer nut is perfectly 90 upright to the bolt sheared flat across.. with only 1 weld on 1 side of the thing not even on both sides of the nut or around it .? Unsafe much from factory...
    I simply pinched it with 2 fingers and pulled a little and it broke off .

    I'm not even gonna try and save any nuts and bolts now I'm just gonna try and remove all other 3 and replace everything with new hardware . What's my best method to get them out if 1)snap the hex head off 2) snap the nut off ontop and it spins or strips .3) best way to remove welded nuts ?

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    Had to remove them from a friend's rig. We snapped the heads of the bolts off to get the shock out. Then used a coal chisel and hammer to bust the weld nut off (or maybe it was a pry bar, don't remember). There is a notch in the fender right beside the crossmember you can access them from. You can also get a wrench in there to do up the new ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drizit View Post
    Had to remove them from a friend's rig. We snapped the heads of the bolts off to get the shock out. Then used a coal chisel and hammer to bust the weld nut off (or maybe it was a pry bar, don't remember). There is a notch in the fender right beside the crossmember you can access them from. You can also get a wrench in there to do up the new ones.
    yup this is the same cave man method we did on a buddies rig!
    a learning experience is one of those things that says, you know that thing you just did...don't do that again.

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    What's the easiest feeling the new nut and washer onto and bolt through the bottom upwards like factory . Or bolt through the top down and nut and washer on the bar pin side of the shock . Does it really matter? Or is it easy to put a new nut and washer were factory one was if i drop the tailpipe

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    I put the nut on top. Just held it in place with the closed end of the wrench.

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