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Old 07-14-2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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Shock Bolts

Sorry to post here, but I posted in the Freightliner Chassis section and haven't gotten any responses.

1998 Overland Larado 42' DP on a Freightliner VC chassis (air ride).
Replacing the shocks all the way around.
Upper front shock mount bolt is spinning.

Does the bolt go all the way thru to the inside of the chassis frame?

If so, any suggestions on the best way to get to it to hold it still?
(it is really busy in there, including a side-to-side frame brace)

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Unfortunately, you have to squeeze a wrench in there to hold the nut AND washer. at least it will stay on the frame rail and not spin out.
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Ugh!

Thanks for the "bad" news.
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I've been known to use a cutting torch (poorest choice), a Sawzall or a nut splitter. Unfortunately that bolt is probably too rusty to reuse so whichever way you go, you still need to find a way to use a new fastener. The ancient scars on my arms attest to many hidden and rust frozen fasteners on motor vehicles.
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Get an impact wrench and slip joint ( channel lock) pliers.

Use pliers to twist shock to cause rubber bushing to hold bolt.

Then zip it off with impact
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Shock Bolts

I have twisted/pried on the shock to no avail. That was my first thought.
I am using an impact wrench. The locking nut on the bolt is causing my pain!
Guess I will be squeezing an arm and a wrench up in there.

And this is just the1st one!
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BTW, there is a steel sleeve on the inside of the rubber bushing. Hard to get it "pinched" to hold the bolt.
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Forgot about that one.been too long.

Good luck!

You may look at getting a harbor freight wrench ( cheap and usually softer steel) and using it to make a custom wrench if yiu have access to a welder you could make a bent bar that could reach the bolt head then weld the end of the wrench on it.
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