1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

advice on broken rear shock bolt?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Klunky Chris, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. Klunky Chris

    Klunky Chris

    Messages:
    1,070
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Location:
    Shippensburg PA
    Ok...
    I'm heading down to Lowes to get some expensive Dewalt steel drill bits...

    I turned the lower rear passenger side shock bolt right off. Flush with the sleeve
    I tried welding a washer/nut to it. Went through 3 nuts and they keep turning off.
    I think I'm gonna have to drill it *grrrr.....*

    It's always something.... otherwise, I'd be on the road 3 hours ago....

    anyone have any good advice????
     
  2. lx450landcruiser

    lx450landcruiser Moderator

    Messages:
    2,779
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2003
    Location:
    Uganda
    maybe be wrong but you could try getting a really long bar of steel and weldingit to the bolt and heat it up and try turning it like a wrench.

    mike
     
  3. e9999

    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

    Messages:
    16,579
    Likes Received:
    477
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2003
    Location:
    US
    just preparing myself for a similar job sooner or later, did this happen even though you put penetrating oil on there beforehand?
    Eric
     
  4. Junk

    Junk

    Messages:
    6,177
    Likes Received:
    27
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2002
    Location:
    buggerville nj
    Klunk,
    Since this happened 3 hours ago, I'm assuming all is now ok. Were those aftermarket shocks and put on with an impact?
     
  5. Klunky Chris

    Klunky Chris

    Messages:
    1,070
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Location:
    Shippensburg PA
    no such luck Junk.....
    I just got back from Lowes with like $60 worth of Dewalt Cobalt drill bits
    I'm now heading to the garage to drill, drill, drill!! :flipoff2:

    I *think* they are aftermarket shocks.... I don't know.
    The bolt broke flush with the end of the sleeve.

    e9999: I didn't put penetrant on the bolt before hand, but I didn't put a lot of force on it either. Penetrant would definitely help, but I think it probably would have busted anyway. (You should use it though!)

    I was welding nuts to the bolt end, and the nuts kept coming off :eek: (under a LOT of force....)
     
  6. Photo_Cruiser

    Photo_Cruiser

    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2003
    Location:
    San Rafael
    For those of you doing this install, start putting pb blaster or whatever on those bolts a week ahead of time, put it on every other day, when it comes time to do it, it'll loosen right up. Luckily, the last 2 of ya that have had this prob, and drilled out the bolt, have not screwed the shock mount threads up, or else your problem just got nastier.

    It's an easy job...until you break that bolt.....
     
  7. Junk

    Junk

    Messages:
    6,177
    Likes Received:
    27
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2002
    Location:
    buggerville nj
    Klunk,
    Was it rusted or just corrosion? If rust, no wonder why the bolts would snap off, you're welding to crap. You could try to drill into some fresh metal, then get a new bolt in there.

    Dunno, but at least you have the drill bits you should have had earlier today. :flipoff2:
     
  8. waldrtw

    waldrtw

    Messages:
    391
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2003
    Location:
    Wilmington, NC
    Just did the same thing about a week ago. I just drilled mine out and retapped the hole. Make sure you center punch the bolt so you get a good start on your first drill. I started very small and worked my way up till the bolt was drilled out. Then I tapped it with a 1/2-13. She is still in there and seems to be working great. The drilling the bolt and tapping was actually much easier than I thought.


    Tim
     
  9. Klunky Chris

    Klunky Chris

    Messages:
    1,070
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Location:
    Shippensburg PA
    yep......
    so I'm usually pretty good about drilling bolts out...... :'(

    I'm versed, so I used a center punch and worked my way up the bit size, but soon found I was NOT in the *delete a long winded string of explicatives* center........

    I only made it to a 3/8" bit before I was into the threads......and there is a bunch of bolt left that still wont budge.... I tapped it to a size 14mm head and stuck the little bolt in there and it's holding for now....but I don't know how long....

    suggestions would be appreciated :whoops:
     
  10. Rich

    Rich

    Messages:
    1,805
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2003
    Drill, cut, grind as needed to entirely remove from the shock mount bracket the horizontal threaded portion. Weld in a new piece of steel round in the shock mount bracket. Drill and tap for factory size bolt.
     
  11. pnwfj

    pnwfj

    Messages:
    130
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oregon
    Just did the same thing but on the drivers side - rear - the fuel tank makes it difficult to get a drill in there. Suggestions?
     
  12. MoJ

    MoJ Moderator

    Messages:
    3,436
    Likes Received:
    231
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2003
    After busting a bolt a few weeks ago I started drilling it out but broke the drill bit off 3/4 of the way into the bolt, :censor: . Ever try drilling through a drill bit? It sucked.