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U bolts suck...HELP??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by wolfgang123, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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    wolfgang123

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    so on my dads truck we tried to replace his leaf pack and we cant get the u bolts off. i used a 400 foot pound impact wrench and it wont move. i have heard of PB Blaster but is there any thing else? any other ideas?
     
  2. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:21 AM
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    i wanted to do that but he doesnt want too.
     
  3. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:21 AM
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    Sean is right. You really should replace them anyway.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    ^That. You should replace them anyways and cutting those bishes off will be the fastest way to get them off.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Agree with the replace the bolts suggestions.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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    Plus, the sparks will look cool, take pictures.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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    ok i will try to get him to do that then. thanks guys

    but for furture refference what is a good spary to help brake bolts free
     
  8. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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    Where else does that (not wanting to do what seems to be obvious) show up for your dad? ;) Good luck and I +1 to the idea that they really should be replaced anyway. He could also use one of these if he is dead set against replacing the bolts!

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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    Do NOT reuse your existing u-bolts. They are extremely cheap insurance and should never been reused in the first place.

    Either take a cut off wheel to them, or slice them with a torch.
     
  10. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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    PB Blaster

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  11. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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    What Ben said^^^
     
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  13. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:39 AM
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    PB is the shizz! I wonder how many times chris4X4 has melted styrofoam cups with it?

    Seriously, you should just cut and replace. It is my understanding that U-bolts are designed to stretch when torqued to spec. Thus making them a one shot deal.
     
  14. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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    what the helll is that??
     
  15. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:44 AM
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    You tighten the hell out of that set screw that grabs the nut, and then slip a breaker bar over the silver hexed part and pull like a mad man.
     
  16. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:44 AM
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    Something every tool box should have - nut breaker.
     
  17. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:47 AM
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    I heard that about the stretching too.
     
  18. Jan 22, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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    And remember stretch = strain hardening = brittleness = snap! :eek:
     
  19. Jan 22, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    My input is this:
    If you are struggling this hard getting the U bolts off, they are in need of replacement anyway. Cut the fuckers off, and replace with new. Like everyone has been saying. So your Dad doesnt want to replace them....It has to be done. Period. The reprocutions of not doing so could be very bad.
     
  20. Jan 22, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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    I agree with everybody else's consensus that cutting and replacing is best. I"ll add that while a grinder is best, if you don't have one, a sawzall could work too.
     
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