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Quick question on u-bolts

Had a 4.5" lift installed and the new u-bolts, although perfectly fine, need to be cut 1.5" shorter. Just a visual thing. Question, can I remove one at a time while the truck is on the ground, shorten it, reinstall it and go to the next one? Thinking this would be fine and it would save having to raise it and such. Thank you!

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Had a 4.5" lift installed and the new u-bolts, although perfectly fine, need to be cut 1.5" shorter. Just a visual thing. Question, can I remove one at a time while the truck is on the ground, shorten it, reinstall it and go to the next one? Thinking this would be fine and it would save having to raise it and such. Thank you!
Cut them while on the truck. Sawzall, cut-off wheel, or hacksaw. Then use a grinder, Dremel, or file as needed to cleanup the cuts.

U-bolts are not supposed to be removed and then re-used.

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that safety warning being stated We all know they are reused many times.


whatever you do ( dropping one at a time will not require any support )thread a nut or die down before you cut the even if you leave them bolted up ,,,, the threads are easy to bugger up

also when tightening u bolts work back an forth on the ubolt and watch the exposed threads ,, your aiming for equal exposure

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What they said, I still need to trim mine and I'm going to use a cutoff wheel while still on the truck. I know U-bolts aren't supposed to be reused by I have had mine on and off at least 2 or 3 times and haven't had an issue.
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I'd just cut em on there, with the bolt on still. That way, if you ever need em off, the bolt will just clean up the threads when unthreading.


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