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Old 04-15-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Rear Shocks - Where to cut seized bolt?

I've owned 9000s for a long time and never done rear shocks myself. Wow. This job really sucks.

I've read plenty of posts that say cutting is the way to go. I cut the head off -- can't move the bolt. I cut the nut off -- can't move the bolt.

I must be cutting in the wrong place. Do I need to cut the bolt on both sides of the shock bushing?
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i dont know where to cut but when i did rear shocks on my 91 i soaked the bolt in PB blaster overnight hit it with my impact and it came right out. and top bolt was easy to get to as well with an air ratchet. all in all replacing the shocks was very easy
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I've done a few rusted sets, 6pt impact socket got them all off. If stuck you want looks of penetrating oil, use a jack to change the axle angles, and hit it real hard with a big hammer and punch/drift and it will come out, you just keep changing the angle and hitting & you will win.
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Thanks for the input. I've already cut the head of the bolt off. Too late for impact wrenches!

Just wondering where others have cut the bolts, for those who have had to resort to cutting.


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Cut on both sides of the shock. The bolt is also usually seized in the sway bar bushings. Reinstall w/o out the sway bar for now and order an SAS or bushings.
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You could also try and burn out the lower bushing that captures the bolt in the shock.
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I've done a few rusted sets, 6pt impact socket got them all off. If stuck you want looks of penetrating oil, use a jack to change the axle angles, and hit it real hard with a big hammer and punch/drift and it will come out, you just keep changing the angle and hitting & you will win.
This is what I did and worked like a charm
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Cut on either side of the shock bushing or cut once, shave down 1 side of the sway bar bushing so it can pried out of the sway bar.

Sadly, SAS bars are over 420$ with shipping. I would love a set, but they are really pricey!
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This is what I did and worked like a charm
Minus the whole freeing up that bolt. lol.
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Cut on both sides of the shock. The bolt is also usually seized in the sway bar bushings. Reinstall w/o out the sway bar for now and order an SAS or bushings.
This is what I've had to do. Pain in the ass. When I finally got the rear shocks out of the Aero (the day before it got rear-ended) I found that the bolts were completely seized in the bushings. No amount of penetrating oil or impact driver would have freed them up on my car.
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Think a Minnesota car is going to be tough. Torch might be your friend...

I've only worked on UK Saabs so far less rust.
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This is what I'm dealing with now.... Trying to get the damn shock/sway bar bolt out.

Fucker.
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This is what I'm dealing with now.... Trying to get the damn shock/sway bar bolt out.

Fucker.
You might find some useful info here:
https://www.saablink.net/forum/genera...tion/60286.htm

If I had to do it all over again, I would have started by removing the whole axle assembly (with the shocks still attached). Once that's dropped, you'll have access to get in an cut the bolts.
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If I had to do it all over again, I would have started by removing the whole axle assembly (with the shocks still attached). Once that's dropped, you'll have access to get in an cut the bolts.
That is by far the best approach if you are doing a full rebuild.

Currently I have a dropped set out back that is about to get the whole treatment; all back to bare metal axle tube, clean up contol arms, new bushings pressed in everywhere, all new paint, refurb brakes. Those bolts won't look so tough when you cut an end off and can really hit it with a big punch, or fire up the torch and then start hitting is always a winner. Big job but new rear end to the car when done.
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I'm heading to a buddy's house tomorrow to use his air impact gun.
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Lol this is what has me hung up too. Entirely too warm to be wrenching on the car these days. Ordered new bolts and top/bottom rear shock bushings for the car and will be attacking the stuck bolts when it cools off.
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Lol this is what has me hung up too. Entirely too warm to be wrenching on the car these days. Ordered new bolts and top/bottom rear shock bushings for the car and will be attacking the stuck bolts when it cools off.
Where did you get the bolts from? I'd rather just get the hardware specs and head over to Fastenal or something.


I agree its fucking hot. 95* here in Wilmington, NC, and I'm all tuckered out for the day. All I could accomplish today was installing new rear springs. I think it only took 5 mins. per side once the car was jacked up.

The stupid lower shock bolt on the driver's side is a piece of work. I didn't even try the passenger side. I got the nut off after a lot of wrenching and swearing, but the bolt would not budge for at least an hour. I kept soaking it in PB Blaster and attacking it with my cordless impact gun, followed by two different sized breaker bars. After another hour of that I got to the point where I can spin the bolt, but the lower shock bushing also spins... Fuck. I assume that the lower shock bushing is atomically fused to the bolt.

However, I have a friend with a big air compressor and tools, so tomorrow I'm heading over there to see if we can spin the bolt out at high RPMs. If not I'm gonna have to cut/grind/melt the fucker out.

No busted/bloody knuckles today, but I am pretty dehydrated from all that.
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Was your aero from back up here in NH area?

I had a motherfu*king pain in the ass time getting those bolt outs.

I cut the heads and threads off them...nothing. So then I tried an air chisel..nothing.

Ater a few hours of this, I said fuck it, and burnt out the bushings.

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Yup. This job sucks.

Sawzall with a super long blade did the trick for me. Impact wrenches (even the borrowed big fancy expensive SnapOn one) didn't do shit.

I got the new bolts at Fastenal. M12 1.75 pitch 110mm long per MikeD in another thread.

I stopped and picked up parts to make a bushing installer. Hopefully will get a chance to put them in tonight.
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I got the new bolts at Fastenal. M12 1.75 pitch 110mm long per MikeD in another thread.

Baller. Thanks.
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