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Old September 28th, 2017, 03:39
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!#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

Well title says it all. It was turning back and forth just a smidge too...so stupid me for putting too much force on it. From what I've been told just working it back and forth adding BP will eventually get it out.

Any advice on what to do now that' it's just a sheered off bolt? It broke off even with the rest of the metal so at least the body of the bolt is accessible.

Any advice on using what's it called? a screw extractor or easy outs.

Or should I just air hammer the bolt body out and snake a new bolt in with some safety wire?

Actually I'd rather try to preserve the threads if I can first before punching it out.

I'm all ears.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 03:52
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

Bust them all out, make your own BPEs and snake 4 bolt through.........never look back.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 07:11
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

"Easy out" has got to be one of the biggest misnomers in automotive tools. But the correct name is much too long for marketing purposes: "Easy to break off, nearly impossible to get out". So they took the first and last word and gave it the name you know.

Don't even bother with that route.

If you have access to a welder and can weld a new nut (or something you can pretend is a nut) on the remnant that is your best bet. The extra heat tends to help too.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 07:24
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

Punch them out and fish new bolts through the opening.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 07:28
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

Keep going ..... the other 3 will do the same.....
You can try and drill out whats left,and if lucky use a larger self-tapper bolt in the hole
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Old September 28th, 2017, 15:08
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

Don't over think it...

I just drilled out the bolt as close to the original size, re-tapped to the next largest size bolt, drilled out the bar pin hole a bit to fit the new bolt...done.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 15:13
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

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Don't over think it...

I just drilled out the bolt as close to the original size, re-tapped to the next largest size bolt, drilled out the bar pin hole a bit to fit the new bolt...done.
Thats over thinking. They are just weld in nuts.
By the time you get one drilled and tapped you could have punched then all out with hammer and punch or air chisel and fish new bolts in from the top. I recommend star washers undef the bolt heads.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 15:43
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

I have been through this EXACT process. It is not the end of the world, despite what other posts may imply. Get a good carbide bit (or harder). This is the most important part. Have good, hard, metal drilling bits. Lay under the jeep and drill out the bolt stud. Start small if necessary and increase bit size as needed. Eventually you will drill out the whole bolt shaft. Then take a tap OF THE SAME SIZE AS THE ORIGINAL BOLTS and re-tap the holes. This will take about 30 minutes (or less) for each bolt. Yeah...it takes an evening...then replace them with STAINLESS bolts and anti-seize compound so it won't happen again. It is not THAT big of a deal to drill out bolts. Fairly common practice. Just have good bits. I recommend having extra bits. They get dull and they break.
Tip: DO NOT BREAK OFF A BIT IN THE BOLT SHAFT. This will make for a bad day. Be gentle with the bits and drill.
This is not a huge deal. Just time consuming. Drill, drill, tap, done. Not that big of an issue.

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Old September 28th, 2017, 17:31
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

^Cobalt bit, not carbide. Oops.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 21:29
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

Well, finally tackled this. Got an air chisel at HR and punched the rest of them out after all of them broke off. Snaked some grade 8 bolts w/ large washers through. Now I just have to get the new shocks in place. I've got some nylox locking nuts like was suggested but I'm anticipating a problem keeping the bolt from turning as I tighten those on. Maybe I can put enough side pressure on the top of the shock to hold those bolts in palce.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 22:15
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

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Maybe I can put enough side pressure on the top of the shock to hold those bolts in palce.

No way -- not with nylocks

your gonna need to figure out how to properly secure the bolt
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Old October 12th, 2017, 00:01
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

I had 3 of mine go out and I bought the rough country bar pin flag nut replacement kit. I am sure they are overpriced for what they really are and what people have done on their own, but i found it extremely convenient
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Old October 12th, 2017, 07:20
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Re: !#@$*!$#!%$@#, !%^#$# - broke a rear top shock bolt off

U-tube it... You just take a drift and pound the nut in, then take a piece of bailing wire thread it thru the hole with a new nut tied to the end of it. Hit the easy button and your done
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