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fell victim to the lower strut bolt...collateral damage questions

I installed the RC 2' lift yesterday, along with new shocks and struts. The rear went very easy, the front right was ok, but the front left was AWFUL. 5.5 hours later I finally was able to get the bolt out and a new one in. In the process I wasted the LCA bushing. I also burnt a hole in the outer axle bolt with the torch. My questions are, can the axle just be rebooted? I am really trying not to drive it to save the CV joint. Also, after a trip to the dealer to find out they only sell an entire new lower control arm and not the bushing, I found that Moog makes one. Can anyone direct me to a how-to or anything of the sort? I have access to a Hubtamer if that helps.

also, I now have a rattle coming from the right front that was not there before. Ive gone over every bolt I touched 3 times to make sure nothing was overlooked, and cant find anything. Any ideas what to check?

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Re: fell victim to the lower strut bolt...collateral damage questions

You used a torch to attempt to get the bolt unsiezed from the bushing? I used a sawzall with Milwaukee "The Torch" blade and cut through the bolt/bushing end right inside the clevis "saddle". Mine wasn't much less time, but it kept from damaging anything else.
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Re: fell victim to the lower strut bolt...collateral damage questions

CV shafts can be rebooted. You need swage clamp pliers to clamp the new boot though.

Go on rock auto and get LCA's. I attempted bushings and it worked, but started getting creaking in no time. Do yourself a favor too and get new LCA bolts and the rear lock nuts. (Dealer only). I had to torch/break all of my bolts out too. No other way lol. Plus, when it comes time for a alignment you'll be good to go.

I have instructions if needed for your CV shaft.
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Thanks for the advice. I already ordered the CV boot kit as well as the Moog strut fork bushing from rock auto. I am going to tackle it next weekend, luckily the weather is nice enough to take the bike to work this week. Those instructions would be awesome! Thanks again!
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Are these the clamp tool I need?

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....roup_ID=675503
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Re: fell victim to the lower strut bolt...collateral damage questions

Yes, those are the pliers. I have the same pair lol. I love them.

Hmm the instructions I have are very limited. I'm assuming you torched the outer boot closest to the hub..

I'm almost positive you have to remove the inner boot first, then remove the outer boot from the inner side. You'll need snap ring pliers too.

I did my inners, they really are easy. The trickest part was removing them from the axle, lol.

Once you remove the inner boot, there will be a snap ring on the splines inside the boot. Remove that, then the whole inner shaft with the ball bearings will slide up off the shaft. Once the inner is completely removed, you can slide the outer boot off, on the inner side. Be careful when removing the inner ball bearings for the inner CV joint. They can potentially come apart, I purposely took mine apart to clean them and regrease everything..

It may seem like alot, but they are easy. Let me ask you, how much was your boot kit? Since you have to remove both boots, you may be able to just buy a halfshaft for a few $$ more and not have to dick with it.

EDIT: Yeah I just checked rock auto. A new halfshaft is the way to go man. They are the same price as the pliers. . The only reason I did boots with mine was because I torched mine too, but it was my ride home that day too. Haha.
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Correct, I just messed up the one at the hub. I also only ordered the outer CC boot. I'm used to Sybarus and you can do one without the other. It was $9
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Just saw the edit. I need the pliers anyway for work so that's not a huge deal. When I was pricing axles they were going for over $100. I'll check out RockAuto on them then. Just the way things went with the lift I'm worried about what else is going to get destroyed when I change the axles.
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Re: fell victim to the lower strut bolt...collateral damage questions

Yeah, you're going to need the inner boot too, other than that you'll be good to go.

Yep, check them out. For a midgrade one its about 50 bucks. Top of the line is 99$.

I wouldn't worry too much about your lift. My brothers 06 has a 2inch i did too.

I did lower control arms, and all 4 shocks. Just so I could align it after the lift properly.

The only thing that has failed was the p/s pump. It was like 45$ on rock auto. I'm assuming it was from the heavier tires and a little lack of "care taking" on my brothers side.

This week I'm doing a transmission cooler, lol. Damn snowbanks here in MI.


Changing the axles on your truck are no biggie. You do not have to remove your knuckle to install it. Just the upper A-arm balljoint. Separate those and you can get enough leverage to tweak it. I will tell you though when I popped the shaft out of the front axle mine was stuck. I ended up damaging the axle seal from prying so hard, they are easy to replace too.
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Thanks for the help. I just mean damage as far ad seized in bolts and stuff. Don't want to have it parked for a week while I get parts to fix it only to have to burn out more parts to get these parts in, haha.
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Re: fell victim to the lower strut bolt...collateral damage questions

No problem man, good luck.
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The cheapest axle I'm finding on RockAuto is $198.79 part number OMIX-ADA 1652353
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