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How to Remove Fork from Lower Lift Arm?

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Arthur Brestlin

11-11-2001 05:01:34

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I am about to give up! Paid $70 for a second Leveling Box and Fork assy. to use on the left side of the hitch. Thought it would be an easy swap.Cotter pins came out of the knuckle easy enough, but when I tried to unbolt the fork from the lift arm the bolt began to turn with the nut! The bolt appeared to be part of the chain hook which can't spin, but it can. How can I possibly keep the headless bolt from turning. All it has to grab onto is a shoulder of 1/8 inch. Thanks,Arthur

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11-11-2001 07:44:30

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 Re: How to Remove Fork from Lower Lift Arm? in reply to Arthur Brestlin, 11-11-2001 05:01:34  
If you have an arc welder, hold a nut (about 3/8 or 7/16) on the end of the bolt with pliers or channel locks. Now weld it on through the hole in the nut. Now a wrench should hold the bolt. To salvage the bolt just grind the nut back off to get the original look.

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Paul Haas - Pine Island MN

11-11-2001 05:30:40

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 Re: How to Remove Fork from Lower Lift Arm? in reply to Arthur Brestlin, 11-11-2001 05:01:34  
There are a couple of easy options for getting the bolt off: One option that may save the bolt is to clamp a steel bar to the lower lift arm forcing the bolt head to stay in position against that flat. If that doesn't work and you are determined to save the bolt, a spot weld will hold it and can be ground off later. I don't have a welder so I used the steel bar and a couple of vise grips. If you are willing to sacrifice the bolt and don't have a nut splitter, drill through the head with a bit the same size as the bolt.

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Dave Smith

11-11-2001 05:24:28

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 Re: How to Remove Fork from Lower Lift Arm? in reply to Arthur Brestlin, 11-11-2001 05:01:34  
Probably have to put heat to the nut and hold the bolt with pliers.
Dave <*)))><

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russell 8n462645

11-11-2001 17:49:28

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 Re: Re: How to Remove Fork from Lower Lift Arm? in reply to Dave Smith, 11-11-2001 05:24:28  
I removed one this afternoon by grinding the head off with an angle grinder 10 minutes

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