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Help please, shock tower nuts unremovable!!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by bellero, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Nov 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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    bellero

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    I installed the diff drop kit today and was hoping to install the Toytec Coilover as well but I can't remove the 3 small nuts on top of the shock tower!! I already partially stripped one, also tryed to heat them up with a torch but they won't come out! What to do?

    How bad is it to have the diff drop kit installed with a stock suspension?
     
  2. Nov 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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    nut splitter?
     
  3. Nov 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    Angle grinder or dremel, either one will make short work of those nuts with a cut-off wheel.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    I'd be surprised if you could get at those nuts with either.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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    You can get in there with a dremel, at least enough to score the nut so it'll break when you put a wrench or vise grips on them.
     
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    Thanks guys, just got some PB blaster and a nut splitter just in case.
     
  7. Nov 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM
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    Stupid question: Is it possible that these nuts be welded on top of the shock tower? I've tried everything and still can't remove them?

    It seems to me like there's a weld pass around the bottom of each nuts!

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  8. Nov 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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    no, just the base of the nut.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    They aren't welded, they are flange nuts.
    [​IMG]

    Keep soaking them in PB blaster for atleast an entire day.
     
  10. Nov 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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    Now that they are soaked with PB...box wrench and a hammer.
    Place box wrench on nut and hold and whack the shit out of it with your favorite ford tool.
     
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    Thanks, so basically what I'm thinking is a weld is in fact only the nut's flange?
     
  12. Nov 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM
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    I slam an impact socket on there with a hammer that fits really tight and put an impact gun on it from there. After if it don't work, I cut them off entirely with a cutoff wheel of some kind and then replace the top plate with new.
     
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    Correct
     
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    You beat me to it, that's what I just realized, flange nuts! I'm flabbergasted by my dumbness!!
     
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    Please do tell how you fit an impact in the wheel well above the coil bucket?
    Did you cut a hole in the core support and go through the engine bay?
     
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    maybe an impact ratchet instead of a gun...
     
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    Been there man. You got my sympathies. A nut splitter at the very least will open it up enough that a wrench can take it off finally. However have your spares ready to go before you have at them.
     
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    Doubtful. I dunno what air ratchet he may have, but my air ratchet only puts out 70 ft-lbs max torque.
     
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    Yah, I never did this to this truck before. Cars in the past I have done have easy access to the nuts from under the hood. I guess if you cannot get straight down on them, I cut them thru with a sawsall or something. I also own a nice pair of curved jaw channel lock pliers that would make short work of these nuts. Snap-On sells some good stuff.
     
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    There's 3.5" of space between the coil bucket and the core support and almost no rotational area due to the fact the coil bucket tapers upwards. Channel locks aren't gonna do squat here.
     
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