My right rear shackle snapped and the leaf spring is resting up against the bed frame. I ordered and received 2 new shackles (dodge OEM) went under the truck to attempt the replacement. I started with the lower bolt that holds the shackle to the frame mount and got the nut off fairly easy. The bolt does not come out of the bracket and it appears to have a star recess in the head (very rusty though) and nothing I have will fit in it. Does this bolt have threads on the shank that screw into the bracket??
I had no luck using a hammer to tap it out there was a hex on the outter end past the threads that I put a socket on and tried to see if I could unthread it out of the bracket but it just sheared off the hex end piece.
My next attempt was going to be to grind off the head of the bolt and see if I could then get the bolt out of the bracket.
Has anyone changed/removed this bolt
Is it threaded into the bracket?? or is Mine just rusted from never being removed??
Any help is appreciated as I haven't even attempted to really get the top bolt off, when I tried to move it with a wrench you can feel it moving in the rubber not comming apart just moving in the rubber with pressure and goes back when released.
Any help or tricks are appreciated. I did notice when I ordered the parts that the OEM bolts are no longer available so if I can get these out I will buy new hardened bolts to reassemble.