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Doing a small TB/shackle lift and trying to do a diff drop.

After supporting the diff with a jack I cannot for the life of me get the bolts loose. I've tried a breaker bar and the socket slipped on the bolt head. They're soaking in penetrating oil now.

I'm at a loss. Going to get new tires in a few days and get an alignment and thinking about having the shop try to break them loose with an impact. I've heard there's a captive nut inside the frame though and I definately don't want to disturb it.

Did anyone else have trouble with thier diff bolts??


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Dang, that's bad. I think you're the first person I've read to where the bolt is rusted! They seem to either just come right out, or the nut is come loose from the frame.

Hope the penetrating lube does the job! Also, get a 6-pt socket to reduce the risk of breaking your knuckles!
 

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My mind is made up. I'm going to let this be someone else's problem. I'm going to have my alignment shop remove the bolts, install my spacers, and be done.

I've laid on the ground and strained myself enough. Obesity is a bitch. :(


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Just got my truck off the lift at my local shop. Took an impact and torch to get the diff bolts to break loose. $20 in labor, but now I don't have to strain my guts out to do a diff drop at home. :)

A word of advice, if you're doing a diff drop, anti-seize. Do it.
 

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I took the bolts to my wire wheel so they were clean. Sprayed them with a cleaner (forgot now which) then put a few dabs of loctite on them.

Cleaning them nicely is still a good idea should one elect for anti-seize.
 

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Doing a small TB/shackle lift and trying to do a diff drop.

After supporting the diff with a jack I cannot for the life of me get the bolts loose. I've tried a breaker bar and the socket slipped on the bolt head. They're soaking in penetrating oil now.

I'm at a loss. Going to get new tires in a few days and get an alignment and thinking about having the shop try to break them loose with an impact. I've heard there's a captive nut inside the frame though and I definately don't want to disturb it.

Did anyone else have trouble with thier diff bolts??


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Hey I know this is way behind but if searched everywhere for a 1st gen diff drop kit, or even the washers I need to space it myself with no luck.. if you have a 1st gen what did you use? Thanks!
 

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Hey I know this is way behind but if searched everywhere for a 1st gen diff drop kit, or even the washers I need to space it myself with no luck.. if you have a 1st gen what did you use? Thanks!
Any hardware store will have washers. If you want to simply buy a drop kit get a hold of Larry at Suspension Maxx.
 

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So I should be able to run stock bolts if I go 3/4 inch drop? Do you know the dimensions of the washers? I’ve been searching the forums maybe I missed it.
I would replace the bolts with longer one at 3/4” drop. I’m unfortunately not sure on the washers size. You’ll need to take one with you to the hardware store to get the right size.
 
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