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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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So I attempted to lower my XC 1" with the witchdoctor lowering link. As I was trying to loosen the nuts for the shock and the lowering link; the nut on the lowering link began to strip, and I have the feeling that it's going to continue.

Any ideas on how to remove the nut without it stripping further, or other ideas how to loosen things up?


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Dang, really hoping for ideas from guys that have done the job and came across the similar issue; otherwise I know it's the same as any other tight nut, but this thing is ridiculously tight. Extremely torqued from the factory.


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Well that was what I was thinking, just looking for ideas that may not require that, but if it comes to that then that works for me. Thanks


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Maybe over torqued and/or maybe some high strength thread lock on it? Can you try applying some heat to the nut? Also, use a 6 point socket or box end wrench as it is almost impossible to "strip" a nut with 6 points so you can apply more pressure to break it free! Don't attempt it using a 12 point socket or an open end wrench.

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Like posted above.. More than likely Tread-Lock.. With a small propane torch heat the head of the bolt.. Some tread-lock needs heat to loosen.. Good luck..
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Thanks guys, that was my only other thought; I'll try that before anything else.


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Getting those nuts off was the hardest part of the job in my case. Breaker bar (AKA pull handle) with a piece of pipe to extend the handle if I remember correctly. The left side was much easier than the right side.

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Well I finally got a chance to get back at the nut (been working and riding it too much); I took a torch and heated it, the thread lock bubbled out; however, the damn thing still wouldn't budge and continued to slip. My final option might be to cut the whole dang nut off.

But I think I'll just let it be for now until the riding season is over (roads full of snow). I was just looking for a little more stability on uneven roads/stops and while trying to back up on slight down hill parking.


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are you using the right sized wrench ? its a 15mm, i use 2 wrenches to break them loose.

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