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Unsuccessful Leaf Spring Replacement 03 4x4

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hoyle, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM
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    Hoyle

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    Today I attempted to replace my worn out leaf springs with new leafs from AllPro, the All-Pro Standard Duty Leaf Springs. Everything was completely removed until I attempted to remove the front bolts out of the bushing… NOT SUCCESSFUL .. the front bolt would not budge!.. It seems the rubber bushing has become one with the bolt.. I turn the bolt.. but the bushing turns as well… I had to put it all back together to drive it out of my friends garage..

    Suggestions on how I get the front Leaf Spring Bolt out of the bushing!..

    Thanks
     
  2. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:36 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    I think you have to burn it out with a torch.
     
  3. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    98tacoma27

    98tacoma27 is going full "Ben" Moderator

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    Or cut the bolt off.
     
  4. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM
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    KPT

    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Sawzall
     
  5. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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    Are you suggesting cutting the bolt on each side, inside the bracket.. will my sawzall cut that pin?
     
  6. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM
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    scocar It's not rocket surgery

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    Angle grinder is a good method. Common approach w/seized main eye bolts on our crusty old first gens.
     
  7. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM
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    scocar It's not rocket surgery

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    An angle grinder will. I think others have used a sawzall and gone through several blades and several f-bombs.
     
  8. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM
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    If you squirt WD40 on the blade, you shouldnt hurt it.
     
  9. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    Yes if you have a decent recip saw and a good blade. Also, a BFH and a punch works wonders as well.
     
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    Do I have to get replacment Pins from the Dealership?
     
  11. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:47 PM
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    steve o 77 braaap

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    wheelers offroad has the main eye bolts. Just use a sawzall and with the correct blade + Lube it should cut like butter.
     
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    scocar It's not rocket surgery

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    Not necessarily. You can order them from Wheeler's Offroad, just down the road in Grants Pass, or you may be able to find a close match at Lowe's. The stock ones are ~4.5 inches long. Lowe's has 4 in and 5 in. grade 8s. Watch the side near the gas tank. Not much clearance.
     
  13. Sep 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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    UndefinedTaco I'll eat all your food.

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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Its a stud, it has to knocked out. Use a BFH and a driving pin or old screwdriver..whack.it out. Soak it in grease or lube first if you want.
    Then go down to local hardware store and get grade 8 replacements..easy peasy
     
  14. Sep 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    I had the same issue. I got grade 8's from the local hardware store when I had to sawzall the old ones out. I have replacement ones now from Toyota($10 from dealer), but haven't put them in yet.
     
  15. Sep 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM
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    Snowman

    Snowman I have a problem for your solution…

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    Thats how I got mine out. Put the cutting wheel between the leaf and the bracket. My old bolts were still siezed in the leafs when I brought them to the metal scrap yard.
     

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