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Old 07-16-2004, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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best way to remove old shock mounts ?

I am a newby trying to teach myself how to fabricate. I have 2 old axles that I am trying to prepare for a cj8. what tool is used to remove the old shock and spring mounts to prepare the axles for narrowing? I have a 4 1/2 inch grinder but that seems awful slow. Is that the best tool for the job short of a plasma cutter? Thanks for any help in advance
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Just throw on a cutting blade and have at it
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I am a newby trying to teach myself how to fabricate. I have 2 old axles that I am trying to prepare for a cj8. what tool is used to remove the old shock and spring mounts to prepare the axles for narrowing? I have a 4 1/2 inch grinder but that seems awful slow. Is that the best tool for the job short of a plasma cutter? Thanks for any help in advance
I've always used a grinder, big Dewalt and even bigger Makita, but a 4.5 grinder will do it. Just get some ear plugs, it makes the job a lot easier on the senses.
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my prefrence would be a plasma or oxy torch and clean up with a grinder. polish the final area with a flapper disc
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I second the Oxy-Accetalene torch. if you havent used one before get some junk and pratice, you can "gouge" the welds right off and if youre real good you wont even need to clean up with a grinder. its all about how you angle the torch tip. it takes some practice. i could cut OK before this summer when i got a demolition job. sitting 20-30 feet up on 6" Ibeam dropping the damn beams your sitting on (yes i did say that right) will make you real good at cutting.

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Torch, sawzall or grinder will all do the job. Remember eye and hearing protection are your best friends.
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There are two different kinds of wheels for the 4 1/2" grinder - a grinder disk and a cutter disk. The difference is the thickness. Get some thin ones, and you can litterally cut the weld right off the tube. The thick ones just grind into the corner and never really cut the weld.

When you get them, get a bunch - they don't last as long as the grinder type. Also, don't use them for cleaning up the welds that are left, switch back to the regular disks.

In the absence of a torch this is probably the best way.
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Where are you located?

Somebody may have a plasma cutter or torch you could borrow.
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