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09-11-2019 08:40 PM
smelonas For the record..the front lower shock bolts are the 14mm size. NOT THE 16MM size that is the late third gen track bar flag nut! The early third gens used a 14mm nut and bolt for the track bar!!

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09-11-2019 08:30 PM
Broncowilly My neighbor went through this a few months ago. He was able to Jack the frame up enough to wiggle a modified box end wrench on the nut and use an impact to remove them. He went back with the same nuts. It was a company truck that they didn’t want to fix right.
09-11-2019 09:52 AM
steve05ram360 The original nuts were a manufacturing solution for robotic assembly...

Anyone reading this thread... if you have them, ditch them for the flag nut
09-11-2019 09:30 AM
24hrsparkey Yep . The flag nuts ( and anti seize ) are the way to go for shocks and trac bar

BAD thing IS you will notice the flag nut doesn't really have a full sized nut ,, more like a nut with crimped edges . NOT GREAT if one encounters difficulties .

Dodge flag nuts , kinda love them kinda hate 'em.
09-10-2019 11:58 PM
smelonas So start over here... They replaced the original nuts with the flag nuts? That are the same as the track bar nuts? Track bar has 2 size bolts available. 14mm and 16mm. What are the shock bolt sizes? 14mm or 16mm?

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09-10-2019 09:05 PM
vesperparrot150 They really out did themselves on this design. Clip broke on mine, if it wasn’t as rusty as it was you can squeeze a wrench down in there and get the open part on. But that wasn’t my case go figure. I ended up cutting the nut off with a hacksaw blade in my hand. You do have enough room to get it in between the coil spring without taking anything excessive off. You’re just gonna be nibbling at it for a WHILE. Unless you have a saw zaw with a long blade. Anywho a job that would NORMALLY take only a half hour took about 6 hours.
09-24-2017 11:11 AM
steve05ram360 Those are the same as the dealer flag nuts they now sell to replace that clip nut. I just dont see how to get it up there when re-assembling it. I see it being a royal PITA.
09-24-2017 10:23 AM
rodneybarrett Interesting. mine did not look like this at all. my mfg date is 10/2004.

I will try and find picture but it is a real Nut with a piece of metal pressed into the nut with clips on both side that attach to the shock mount. I think I misspoke early saying the fronts were the same as the rears. That isn't right. The rear was the same pressed technique but the metal didn't wrap around the mount. just a straight piece

Here is rear:
09-24-2017 01:27 AM
steve05ram360 a pic... from a 2004 dodge ram...

09-24-2017 01:08 AM
steve05ram360 Roger that, thanks
09-24-2017 12:19 AM
rodneybarrett No, just a normal flange nut. no one had those nuts in stock. And just tightened it with a wrench inside the spring. tons of anti-sieze.
09-23-2017 11:02 PM
steve05ram360 Nice, glad to hear you got thru it.

Did you use the updated flag nut or the nut with the clip on it?
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