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I'm trying to replace my front shocks on my 87' ranger and I can't get them off. They use the pin style on the top and every time I try the shaft keeps on spinning with the bolt. I've already tried Vicegrips. Anyone with Ideas, I'm trying to get it back on the road as soon as possible.

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Looks like you've got a couple of choices. Brace the pin with something solid and try to split the nut with a chisel. Another trick would be to use a pair of Channel Lock
Nutbuster pliers to hold the pin instead of vise grips. We were playing around with a pair of those a while ago snapping 1/4" grade 8 bolts. Talk about gripping power.

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If you're replacing the shocks and dont care about them anymore grab the shock body with the channel locks. Sure you'll dent up the shock body but does it matter?


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Played this game not too long ago. I grabbed the pin with vise-grips and hit the nut with an impact wrench until the pin broke off. I had to do this on both sides. I coated the pin of the new shock with never-seize so next time shouldn't be so bad.
 

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Check the end of the threaded shaft the nuts on. I've never seen one that wasn't slotted so you could grab it with a screwdriver to hold it. clean the threads good first and give em' a little squirt of WD40. If by chance there is no slot, see above....


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Go To house of tools and get a ZIP-CUT blade by Walter for your grinder.These are the cat's ass for anything like that.It can do the same as a torch but cleaner and little or no fire balls from the bushings
 
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