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It's not my truck or me but another frequent contributor to this thread. Perhaps he will reveal his identity here soon, but both of us are in the same Florida RV Park if you care to guess. It was suppose to be a 5 minute job but it turned out to be more like a 5 hour job. The lower shock bolt was literately frozen (rusted) to the steel bushing inside the rubber part of the shock. Despite PB Blaster, a sledge hammer and air hammer it would not budge. The only available alternative was to cut both ends of the bolt inside the shock mount - not really that easy on a G8 bolt with a battery powered grinder spinning a cut-off wheel. But, it is now out. Tomorrow a new bolt for the shock and maybe doing the 5 minute change on the driver's side B). Why is it the seemingly simplest projects turn out to be so complicated <_< ?

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I know who that is. :) Do I win the prize? And oh BTW he may want to add this project to his ECR discussion.

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It's not my truck or me but another frequent contributor to this thread. Perhaps he will reveal his identity here soon, but both of us are in the same Florida RV Park if you care to guess. It was suppose to be a 5 minute job but it turned out to be more like a 5 hour job. The lower shock bolt was literately frozen (rusted) to the steel bushing inside the rubber part of the shock. Despite PB Blaster, a sledge hammer and air hammer it would not budge. The only available alternative was to cut both ends of the bolt inside the shock mount - not really that easy on a G8 bolt with a battery powered grinder spinning a cut-off wheel. But, it is now out. Tomorrow a new bolt for the shock and maybe doing the 5 minute change on the driver's side B). Why is it the seemingly simplest projects turn out to be so complicated <_< ?

Went thru the same thing a few years ago. The bolt and bushing, after being cut out looked like one piece or steel. Drivers side was worse. As I look back using the thin cutoff wheel in a pinch prone way was probably dumb but no other choice.

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Same experience for me. The parts after removal would not separate with a 12000 # press!!!!!!

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I used a Harbor Freight reciprocating saw on mine. All the other bolts screwed out. Glad it was the last one that was the problem.

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Bronc, I still have one to go. Before it's over with, I may wish i had called someone, also. Everyone needs a challenge from time to time.........hope this one will tide me over for a while. Grind on........and watch the sparks.... Charlie

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After the fight that the passenger side front shock put up, the driver side shock change was anticlimatic.. The fender liner came off easily, the bottom bolt spun easily and pushed out with light finger pressure, The top bolt cooperated well and the new shock went in with minor lower bushing length adjustment. Zip zop and done. I was relieved not to have to wrestle the drivers side into submission like we did the passenger side. Some days, things just go better than they do on other days. Randy didn't seem disappointed that he didn't get to add much new excitement to the forum or that he didn't get have to listen to as many expletives as he did yesterday. Be safe, Charlie.

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If a cutting torch is used, is it possible that the oil (or gas) in the shocks could get hot enough to rupture the shock body?

No. Think about how a shock works. Oil passes through an orifice. There is a volume to take the oil displaced as the shaft enters and displaces oil volume.

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There were snug fitting safety glasses on the otherwise guilty party shown. My wife and assistants saw to that. Unfortunately, I did have to remove the guard from the grinder to get the depth of cut I needed. They know I'm not smart enough to look after myself. That's why they won't let me work unsupervised !!!! I do appreciate them all, though. Be safe,,,,and wear your safety glasses..... Charlie

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I made 3'trips to my eye doctor for removal of a foreign object. (Metal) thank God she's really good at it.

Nothing like watching someone use a dermal tool on your eyeball to drill out rust.

I finally figured out that I was looking thru the bifocal at the bottom of my glasses letting sparks and grinding In.

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I had a flake of aluminum fall from the cabin level of a plane down to the cargo pit where I was working and land right on my eyeball. I had to have it removed by a Dr and Hypodermic Needle. The flake was so thin it fluttered like a falling feather around the bill of my ball cap and around my glasses. Craziest thing ever but when you have fans blowing to keep cool c£@p happens.

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Good advise for sure! After ER visit then two eye DRs then having this DR buff my eye ball out with a Dremal I wear protection. ???

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