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Old 09-28-2010, 02:41 PM
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problems removing leaf spring brakets

so i have an 81 Firebird that i am trying to install a set of shackles in the rear. right now its sitting on air shocks and thats what it keeping the fenders off the rear tires. been told that its really not good to have the body held up by the shocks. anyway so i bought a set of shackles off Ebay and went to install them the other day and i tried for almost an 2 hours to get the bolts out. i dont have a torch so cutting it out for me is not an option. and there isnt enough room between the brackets and quarter panel to get a good whack at it with a hammer....i know its a shot in the dark but i know someone has had this problem before, anyone have any advice for me??

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:13 PM
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Longer shackles are a problem in themselves. Look at any of the sixties and seventies cars. Usually the lift you get settles down to near original with time and shackles cause handling problems if no rear centering bar is used..
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I would go with a different tire and wheel combo if i was you. JMO
I wouldn't use shackles But thats just me i use to though but that was back in the day as already stated. The right tire size and the right offset wheel is what you need. IMHO

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:31 PM
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i dont really have the funds to get a whole new set of wheels and tires. nor can i get a new set of leaf springs. and i have had no luck in finding a local shop that can recurve my springs. the rear tires are 295/50R15 and are 12" wide. to keep them from rubbing when accelerating or turning i have to have at least 50 psi in the shocks, and the ride is terribly unforgiving.
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:52 AM
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Without a torch to melt the rubber, you may be at this forever. The problem is that the thru-bolts have rusted and rust-swelled into the rubber. About the only other choice is to grind or cut the heads and nuts off the bolts with a grinder, or cut through the bolts with a Sawzall.
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