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Old February 14th, 2010, 22:11
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Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

I heard that the upper rear shock mounting bolts are really hard to get out without breaking on the 2000 and 2001 XJs. Any recommendations on what I lubricants I should be spraying on the bolts before I attempt to remove them? If those things break, it wont be fun.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 22:16
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shoot PB Blaster on them daily for about a week before removal and they'll practically fall off.

http://www.jeepfan.com/reviews/pbblaster.htm
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Old February 14th, 2010, 22:16
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

It actually isn't too bad. If they break (which they probably will) take a big screw driver and hammer out the weld nut on the brace. Stick a grade 8 bolt in there with a washer and you should be set. May need to use a string. I put new shocks on my brothers jeep and all four of them broke (2000 from wisconsin). I hammered them out used a peice of string to feed the bolts up through the bracing only took about 45 minutes.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 22:19
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Old February 14th, 2010, 22:19
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

try to keep torque directly centered, do not use a wrench but instead use a socket with a long extension that you can keep absolutely centered

I used impact driver and they all came off
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

Definitely keep the torque centered like ehall said, off-axis torque will break them all. That means keep one hand on the back of the ratchet and the other applying torque, or if you could get it, a two-sided ratchet would be perfect. Also, try heating them up before you pull them, and don't be bashful about it - if you get them out intact and you're sane, you will be replacing them with brand new hardware anyways. Just try not to burn the whole thing down.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 22:27
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

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shoot PB Blaster on them daily for about a week before removal and they'll practically fall off.

http://www.jeepfan.com/reviews/pbblaster.htm
I hope you are right! Thanks for the tip..................
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Old February 14th, 2010, 22:39
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you'll be good, you shouldn't need heat with a solid week of spraying it down daily. You don't want to be wielding a flame near the gas tank anyway.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 23:12
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

I broke both on the driver side and there was still plenty of room to drill them out and retap the holes. I chose not to touch the passenger side since the exhaust is in the way if they did break. Instead, I've been soaking them in PB blaster for the last week or so and I'll try to get them out one of these days...

Although, I do like the welded nut idea too...
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

I say bust 'em out any way.....

It's really easy to feed new nuts and washers up on top. If you need, just tape them to the end of a wrench.

I had to replace all of them on my '98. It's really easy......
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I heard that the upper rear shock mounting bolts are really hard to get out without breaking on XJs. Any recommendations on what I lubricants I should be spraying on the bolts before I attempt to remove them? If those things break, it wont be fun.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 06:34
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

I used a standard socket on the first two, which broke. Then I went with an impact on the other two and they didn't break. Maybe the impact helps loosen the rust.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 08:36
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

I <3 PB blast but http://www.kanolabs.com/google/ Kroil is supposedly better.
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Re: Tips for upper rear shock mounting bolts

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I say bust 'em out any way.....

It's really easy to feed new nuts and washers up on top. If you need, just tape them to the end of a wrench.

I had to replace all of them on my '98. It's really easy......
I agree, fiddling with them is a waste of time. If they come off easy, then good for you. If not, just snap them all off and knock the tack welded nuts out with a punch and put in new hardware.
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you'll be good, you shouldn't need heat with a solid week of spraying it down daily. You don't want to be wielding a flame near the gas tank anyway.
You're just no fun!

Another solution is to weld up BPEs.
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