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Torch always works nice, if not then if you have air tools (air hammer) chisel them bast*rds off. It seems to work better chiseling when you can drill a little of the head off. Chisel the head then hammer the stud part out. Takes some time but it can be done. They are S.O.B.'s All I can say is HAVE FUN!:beer
 

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I used a 4" angle grinder. once the wheel wore down enough, i could grind the head off.
 

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When I was restoring my frame, I took every (except the engine x-member)crossmember off at one point. I also used an angle grinder to grind them flush with the frame. Then used a punch and a BFH.

I wish I had air tools, it sounds like the way to go.
 

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Air hammer
 

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Easiest/fastest way I've found is to "cross" grind the heads, make an X across them with a thin cut-off wheel all the way through. Then air-hammer, once they have the relief cuts the bulk of the head will crack off when hammered.
Any path you take sux.
 

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Punch the center, drill it with a #5 center drill, drill a 1/4" pilot hole, then a 1/2" drill. The head will fall off, and you just knock the rest through with a drift. It's the cleanest way IMO.

That's how I did my rear hangers.
 

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im still oblivious to these rivets?:brownbag mine didnt have any?:shrug
 

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grind notches in the heads with a grinder, chisel the heads flat (off) with a air hammer, then center punch the bad boys out. A couple of buddies and I did about 12 rivets in 2 hours on his K5 CJ.


Once you figure it out, they go quick.
 

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I'm with jslax04. I didn't have any rivets. All bolts. :shrug:shrugMy biggest problem on the lift was drilling all the new holes for brackets.
 

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I'm thinking of trying the plasma cutter on the rivets hold the coil buckets... Just use it to blast a hole through it - like drilling but much faster :D
 

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