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I did a search, and nothing of this nature comes up... I'm tired, and frustrated, and need some advice...

In process of replacing the radius arms!! What's the best way to remove the top bolt that holds the radius arm itself on?? I've got the spring out, the bottom bolt is free... I'm not able to get the top one to move, and I don't want to break anything else... this was supposed to be a simple bushing job... :banghead I'm just looking for advice on this... Thanks in advance..
 

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First I would soak it in some good penetrating oil. Let it sit for ten minutes and then throw some hot flame at it. That should break the bond and use an impact or breaker bar and it should come right out. They are tough little f*)#ers aren't they.
 

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yeah, they are, and we've taken the penetrating oil to it for several hours, and then put a torch to it... no socket available to reach over the upper portion of the two ended bolt... the spring retainer nut came easy... by comparison...
 

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I did a search, and nothing of this nature comes up...
It is too bad that we have to start messages with the above quote. I say ask anything anytime. :thumbup
 

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Thanks Dustball... that's the very bolt I'm stuck on... and trying not to break anything else... I do someday plan to do a SAS, but I am not prepared for that at this time... and I keep thinking, I should have just bought that TTB axle assy. and just unbolted this one... and bolted that one in... brought it home and stropped what I might be able to use or sell from it... and scrapped the rest... :shrug

Do I need to keep the forward shock mount??? I don't have all four shocks on it anyway... and it doesn't appear to do anything else...

Thanks y'all...
 

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well... I'm gonna take the axle to Ford and let them do it... I need to be on the road tonight... and I just don't have the resources at the moment to do this... with Christmas and New Years everyone is busy... I appreciate all the help and advice... Thanks again....

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season...

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well... I'm gonna take the axle to Ford and let them do it... I need to be on the road tonight... and I just don't have the resources at the moment to do this... with Christmas and New Years everyone is busy... I appreciate all the help and advice... Thanks again....

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season...

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The first time I took mine off they took about an hour each! I ended up getting my box wrench on it and tapping, well pounding the snot out of it with a dead blow hammer. I could only get a few degrees out of this method before having to stop and move the wrench back to the starting spot and pounding again.

Good Luck
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Tried that with a big a$$ hammer too... not budging... I'm not usually one to give up on stuff easily... but, I'm in a bind and need to be on my way to OKC for the holiday. Routine maintenance thing gone nightmare... ugh!!! Now, I have all but the kitchen sink out from under the truck... YAY! me!!

just need to figure out how to remove the ABS sensor from the hubs and take the last bolt out holding the TTB arms up...

then it's off to Ford in the AM to get those four obstanate bolts R&R'd and they siad they'd throw the new arms on for me N/C <-- me likes that... then back to the house to reinstall the whole mess.... but, at least I know the front TTB intimately now... I've never completely removed a front axle before. Valuable gift in some ways. I just feel bad that Ilet my wife down... she just wanted to be home for Xmas... and I didn't come through... :(
 

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Tried that with a big a$$ hammer too... not budging... I'm not usually one to give up on stuff easily... but, I'm in a bind and need to be on my way to OKC for the holiday. Routine maintenance thing gone nightmare... ugh!!! Now, I have all but the kitchen sink out from under the truck... YAY! me!!

just need to figure out how to remove the ABS sensor from the hubs and take the last bolt out holding the TTB arms up...

then it's off to Ford in the AM to get those four obstanate bolts R&R'd and they siad they'd throw the new arms on for me N/C <-- me likes that... then back to the house to reinstall the whole mess.... but, at least I know the front TTB intimately now... I've never completely removed a front axle before. Valuable gift in some ways. I just feel bad that Ilet my wife down... she just wanted to be home for Xmas... and I didn't come through... :(
ABS sensor is really easy, one 8mm bolt and very carfully push or tap (use a 5/8" wood dowl" it back through the hub. Not sure if you got the tone ring out of the hub but that is quick, carefully tap two of the lug bolts back and the tone ring will come right off.

Too bad you are not in Denver, I would be happy to give you a hand on this project.

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ok.... it's all out and off to the Ford dealer... 4 lousy bolts... :banghead :wacko
 
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