I know this is an old post. I wish I'd found this post about 8 hours ago. I thought I did my research before starting my Bilstein 5100 adjustable install. I came across the infamous seized lower strut bolt. Drivers side took about 20 minutes to get the stock shock out. Passenger side took about 5 hours! I was thinking all kinds of things. I bought my rig used. This f-ING was crashed, wrong bushing used, I'm selling it.. Going crazy! Bottom line in my case is the metal tube that the lower strut/shock bolt goes through was shaped like an hour glass. MF'ER actually stalled my 400# pneumatic gun.. (I looked up the specs.) I'd about given up. I put the nut back on and put the gun on the to pull it back through & that gave me hope. Started working back & forth, a little heat, beat it with the BFH, got it to bite in reverse, then back to forward. Put some grease on the threads the back to reverse. . Took me about 4 hours! SOB I thought I was phucked. I'm so glad I found this post. If the other side was like this I woulda snapped for sure. How does the sleeve get hourglassed like that? Musta been way over torqued. That's just wrong! MF'er! That's bullshit!
Thanks Melba for posting this. You saved me from selling my truck. GD I'm still pissed. I need beer!
2011 RAM 1500 Sport 4x4 5.7 3:55 Gears, 18" Magnaflow, Drop in K&N filter, BT CC, TonnoPro Lo-Roll, front tow hooks, cabin filter, Moes 85mm TB, Homemade CAI, Bilstein leveled 2.1", tailgate assist. AVS in channel visors, Magnaflow Y pipe, DiabloSport DCX inTune I-1000, HF tune