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Trying to remove the front passenger strut, to get assess to axle, and the mounting nut on top was super tight and when it broke (with the help of a bar) I notice the whole stud was turning. Same thing on all three. I am guessing the only solution is to cut them off now and replace the whole strut or maybe just that top piece with the studs? Advice appreciated.
 

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it must have been seized and you basically broke it from it's locked position. it's now just free spinning. you'll have to cut them off now which is going to suck because i'm looking at mine right now and the back bolt will be hard to do. i'm not even sure you can take a sawzall to it? hopefully someone else can chime in with the same experience
 
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are you talking about the 3 bolts that hold the strut in place?
 

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Sounds like it.

When I put stock struts and a spacer back on my truck the stud did the same thing to me. I said yolo and installed it anyways.

You can buy the top part with the studs from auto stores or the dealership. Amazon has then too. That might suck a lot cutting those, maybe try an impact wrench, it might bust it loose fast enough. Assuming you can even get an impact in there.
 

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Can you get some needlenose vice grips on the top of the bolt?

I don't recall if you can see the bolts from the bottom, but maybe try shoving a flat tip screwdriver under the top part to try to hold the bolt from spinning. I'd try anything before trying to cut them off.
That is usually my luck too. Seems like every time I try to do something, a bolt snaps, strips, or something bad happens. I'm glad to be out from under that black cloud.
 
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if the whole bolt is turning, as rambob has said try to use needle nose pliers to pull up as you use a wrench perhaps.
 
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You can cut them, but it is a pain. I think I actually drilled one of them out, but the others I think I used a dremel because of the tight fit.
 

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Yep, cutting ended up being the course of action and it was a bit of a pain in regards to access but was able to get it down with a good dremel. Cracked them then was able to rachet off. Nothing is ever easy...
 

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AWESOME to hear!
 
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