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Old 05-07-2018, 10:07 AM   #1
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Rear shock help!!!

Hey guys, looked for similar thread for this topic with no luck......

Maybe somebody here with more knowledge and experience can help me out. Problem is I was in the process of changing out rear shock absorbers and the nuts were rusted onto the bolts. I tried penetrating oil and heat. Top nut finally came loose but bottom bolt snapped clean off.

What now!!!! Holy crap!!!

Do I need to replace entire bottom bracket? Can it somehow be welded back? At a complete loss here....

By the way it's a 1996 TC2000 Bluebird 5.9

I will try and post picture of the problem area......

Thanks in advance for any advice on this crapstorm......
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:18 AM   #2
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Thats a great upside down picture of a sheared off bolt. Does this breacket unbolt? That would be a good start. Is it a bolt through the bracket that could be machined out and replaced with another? Or, is it a blind stud that was press fit in? A picture of the damaged bracket would help also when emailing to bus salvage yards, looking for the part.
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:52 AM   #3
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Pull that shock off and get a better picture please. 1/2 of the foxes are easy. The other...not so much.
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:56 AM   #4
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never seen one wit ha stud welded on... most often iots a bolt with a head o nthe other side of the bracket.. might be an access hole in the frame ? cant tell from the pic..

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Old 05-07-2018, 12:29 PM   #5
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This took the wind out of my sail today......

Going to borrow an impact wrench tomorrow and (hopefully) pull off the shock.

I will try and post some better pics of the matter then.

This is all I can think about now.....was thinking maybe drilling through sheared bolt and maybe tapping in a smaller diameter bolt with a heavy duty washer....

I don't know.......will get more info up later

thanks guys!!
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:35 PM   #6
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Not sure how to rotate images on here....
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:02 PM   #7
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so theres no bolt head on the other end of that bracket? this looks real similar to mine and its a bolt N nut..
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:35 PM   #8
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Correct. No bolt head on end of the bottom bracket. There is a bolt N nut on the top side though....
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:36 PM   #9
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Man!!!!!!

Finally got one off. All it took was 3 days of PB blaster, a couple messed up knuckles, a sore lower back and some damaged ego. Other than that all went according to plan.
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" All it took was 3 days of PB blaster, a couple messed up knuckles, a sore lower back and some damaged ego."

Dude...that IS the plan!
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