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Old 02-09-2011, 02:36 AM
Screamintrashcan Screamintrashcan is offline
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I am guessing that the 2 wheel drives are using the same mount design as the 4x4s do, simplifies things on the assembly line... With this assumption in place, your best shot at getting the upper ends off would be to , in my humble opinion, if you haven't a 1/2 impact, is to go and buy non self locking nuts (2) I'm thinking they are 1/2 fine thread, possibly not, I cannot remember, and cruising down to your local tire shop and bumming a quick zip with their impact, then immediately installing the non self locking nuts, going straight home and proceeding with your project. Put nuts on before driving!!! (If you plan to drive it at all, squirt a little rtv into the threads on the end of the shocks AFTER putting the non self locking nuts on, this will stop the nuts from backing off completely, these nuts are very subject to unwinding from suspension action... no nuts = no up-stops on your front end, and that would not be a good thing on a bump... Bad idea to cut the shocks... once you do I wouldn't drive the vehicle. For me, up here in salt - land, the lower ends of the shocks are the real gorrilllas, you HAVE to have a blue tipped wrench (powered by oxygen and acyetelene) to heat the nuts on the little studs(4x4 version, 2wd may be different) (3 on each shock) I would highly recommend buying a rechargeable Milwaukee 18v or Craftsman 19.2 v impact, I use my Milwaukee quite often, it hits hard enough for most needs, and is irreplaceable in boneyards. Got mine on ebay for approx $150 2 batts, case and charger. the case fits both short and deep sockets, and a 3" extension .Can't use it on every job, but you may find it pretty handy... Good luck!!!
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