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Pinch bolt style ball joint + torch = boom?


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Working on a dodge with struts that use a pinch bolt to attach the ball joint directly to the strut. Its completely fubar along with being an idiotic setup... no room to get a cutoff tool, drill, or sawzall.

My question is can I pull out the torch? What are the chances of heating the strut too much and causing a boom?

Any other ideas. Tried impact, air chisel, breaker bar, nut splitter broke in half (must be a super hardened bolt).
 


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I would torch it... be quick... cut it... drive the bolt out... cool with water.
 

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Covered the strut in my welding blanket to try and block and explosion, Strut didn't explode but it's dead. Spewed fluid out of the top like a tea kettle. Its disconnected though lol.
 

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