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Old 12-12-2014, 03:21 PM   #1
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Hemi swap problem

Hey guys, little bit of an issue here. I'm swapping out my old Hemi for a new(er) one since mine spun a bearing. I'm at the point of hoisting it out but one last part is causing me issues. According to Haynes for my specific truck, it mentions an axle isolator bracket and I assume that is the piece that connects the engine to the axle and on to the transmission. It says nothing about removing the front differential but simply states "remove the axle isolator bracket". My problem is that the three bolts holding the bracket to the axle are insanely hard to turn so I'm unsure if I'm doing things right or not. I can't reach where it bolts to the engine so skipping this part isn't seemingly in the cards unless I'm missing something. Either way, the only bolts I have left are those three. Am I supposed to take weight off with the hoist first or just muscle through this thing? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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having a hard time to picture what you are saying sorry. picture possible?
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Take it its a 4x4. Just remove the motor mount bolts from the engine. 4 per side. Leave the bracket in place.
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If you can't get to those MM bolts just unbolt the rear of the racket form the trans. then remove the Motor mount to frame bolts and pull the mount out still attached to the engine. Its a bit squirrely to get it to clear, but you can get it out that way.
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
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Hey guys, sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner. But yeah it's 4x4 and here are a few pics of what I'm referring to. Actually I'm not sure how to post pictures on here. But yeah I just wasn't sure if I just muscle through those 3 bolts or not. I can't reach the 4 mounted directly to the engine because of that specific bracket being in the way
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If you can't get to those MM bolts just unbolt the rear of the racket form the trans. then remove the Motor mount to frame bolts and pull the mount out still attached to the engine. Its a bit squirrely to get it to clear, but you can get it out that way.
Good luck
So, the three bolts attaching to the front axle are just hard to turn is basically what I'm getting? I think the hex nuts on them are either welded to the bracket or so rusted to the bracket that I can't even move them, only damage them.
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:48 PM   #7
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If you can't get to those MM bolts just unbolt the rear of the racket form the trans. then remove the Motor mount to frame bolts and pull the mount out still attached to the engine. Its a bit squirrely to get it to clear, but you can get it out that way.
Good luck
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:55 PM   #8
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Rust has those suckers stuck there good. They do come out spray with PB let sit overnight tighten them back up then loosen them they should come out May be tough.
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I think I found out why they are soooooo friggin tough. Got one out so far and it kept clicking as I forced it out. There was blue **** in the threads which I'm guessing is loc-tite or something similar :/ Would it be beneficial to heat up the bolts with a torch or something?
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It won't hurt use a propane torch for a min and then go quick should come right out
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