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What's the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

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  1. NorCal_Prerunner

    NorCal_Prerunner Member

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    What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    95 Ranger, removed bolts, elevated body to make room, rubber body mounts won't budge. What's the trick. No torch avialable.
     
  2. MH20

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    Drill them out from the top with a 3/4" drill bit, the metal washer/nut on the bottom falls right out.
     
  3. jeff

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    The sleeves are probably stuck together due to rust. There are a few methods available. Drilling them out is probably what I would try second if the first doesn't work..

    You take a bolt of the same size (threads) and screw it into the nut that's attached to the washer from underneath. Then taking a punch and a BFH (big hammer) you can sometimes knock out the bottom piece from the top. Or on some it's easier to thread a longer than factory bolt in from the top and hammer it down. If that doesn't work you can always drill it all out. I was able to beat the hell out of them with a big hammer and a makeshift punch and only snapped the little welds on one of the nuts. Try that before you drill everything out and it might save you a bunch of time & $$$. My experience is on an 83' Bronco so a newer vehicle should in theory be easier to take apart.

    Aloha
     
  4. properprerunner

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    Portable band saw works the best. Just cut through the rubber and inner metal sleeve right above the top of the body mount perch
     
  5. MH20

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    We tried the punch and BFH method too and it didnt work. We took a 3/4" piece of tube and ground down the diameter just a little so it would fit down from the top and wailed away with a sledge and it didnt budge. We also tried going through the rubber with a sawzall and it just got all gummed up. Drilling was by far the easiest. Took less than 5 min for each of them because you only have to drill out the very top of the sleeve before it falls out. And this was on a 93 ranger.
     
  6. Greg

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    Leave thm in and build your cage around them, haha.
     
  7. NorCal_Prerunner

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    I am building my cage around the mounts, just switching to solid body mounts. Thanks for the replies.
     
  8. SpareChangeRacng

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    Trust MH20 - I just told him that trick when he was putting in some of my solid body mounts on his ranger. I played for hours and tried to get at an angle to cut the things (tried w/ MANY differnet tools), and I twisted the things over and over when doing mine. I finally got a clue and got a drill out, and they were out in a couple of minutes. Steve
     
  9. billymanfroy

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    Try dynamite or a really big oxy/ace blow torch.
     
  10. In_the_works

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    NorCal, where are you getting your solid mounts, and what meterial are they?
     
  11. billymanfroy

    billymanfroy Active Member

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    My brother is prolly going to make them out of aluminum for him like we did on my truck.
     
  12. Jerry Zaiden

    Jerry Zaiden Well-Known Member

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    This is how we did our race truck. We removed the mounts then bolted them back on.
     

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  13. Jerry Zaiden

    Jerry Zaiden Well-Known Member

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    In cab shot.
     

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  14. Jerry Zaiden

    Jerry Zaiden Well-Known Member

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    This is Jeremys truck he replaced his with aluminum.
     

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  15. singlehanded

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    So on the race truck it still has the stock body mounts,right. Is there any down side to just using the stock mounts if the cage is properly connected to the cab and frame? A guy I live by has the stock mounts on his truck, I went to check them out and see how he did the solid bodymounts and cage the other day and he had the stock mounts. I am in the process of a total rebuild cab back and making my truck legal to race 1450. thanks
     
  16. Jerry Zaiden

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    The wstock mounts can now be removed but we left them there. We tied all of the top [art of the cage and the floor to the tube work. The stock body mount does not do much at all anymore. it is just easy to leve them there. You could spend more time and do it like we did our other Ranger but there is really no point. I will post a picture of how we did it with no body mount in a few days.
     
  17. singlehanded

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    Thanks.
     
  18. NorCal_Prerunner

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    Re: What\'s the trick to remove Ranger body mounts?

    10 minutes and all 4 rubber mounts are out. Thanks for the advise.
     
  19. SpareChangeRacng

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    Re: What\'s the trick po remove Ranger body mounts?

    I've got 1 more set of custom machined solid alum (6061 T-6) body mounts for rangers lyin around - if anyone is interested PM me. Steve
     

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