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#1 Old 11-21-2011, 11:18 AM
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New Cam bolts?

Ok i know people say to just bite the bullet and buy new cam bolts before you even start doing your lift... my question is who really needed them and had to cut the old ones out and weren't able to reuse them?

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I went to get an alignment after my PML (2-3 months ago) and the shop wasn't able to complete the alignment fully because my cam bolts are completed seized. I might be able to get 'em free with 10 cans of PB Blaster and a shit-ton of wrenching but I'm planning on scoopin' some new ones from the dealer and just cutting the seized bolts out.

If I were to get aftermarket UCAs, then yes, I would need to get new cam bolts.

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You don't need them for the pml, you need them for the alignment afterwards. Given yours is a NE vehicle i'm going to say yes you will need them. Out here mine went ok but i was spraying them with pb for a week before i took it in.
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I bought them ahead of time. I tried to get the originals off. After messing with the first one for a half hour, I cut it off. I didn't even touch the other three with a wrench, just cut 'em. I would buy them and if you don't need them return them. And yes, it sucks dropping $70 on four bolts. Makes you want to key a few of the cars on your way out of the stealership.

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I needed them. Two came out and two were seized. I wouldn't wait to start pulling it apart to find out either. Get the bolts and sawzaw the old ones off

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Here in the nice rust free south where my truck has spent 95% of it's life 3 were very stubborn to come out and one was frozen in place and had to be removed with a sawzall. For a truck in the NE I would just order a set but some of the NE members would have a more informed opinion.

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wow ok lol well for $65 i guess i really dont feel like beating myself over the head for hours trying to fight the rusted cam bolts lol

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wow ok lol well for $65 i guess i really dont feel like beating myself over the head for hours trying to fight the rusted cam bolts lol
Mine were so bad that we went through a few sawzall blades before getting smart and stumbling upon the ones they use for demo and rescue and so forth. Demon blades? Just ask the guys at Lowe's for the ones used in demo and rescue they will get you the right ones. The blades are red.

I saved the cut up seized bolts. Had an idea to use 'em for trophies to give to the guys that helped me that day. Then it fell in my vast list of " to dos"

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^^^I've used those red demo blades, they work well. Just watch out for big chunks of molten metal flying around. Also the teeth are large and widely spaced so it can jump around on you.

I had to cut all mine out for my alignment post PML.

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Feel dumb for having to ask this but what parts exactly do we need to order to replace seized cam bolts? I just talked to my local Nissan dealer and the guys said the camber bolts are something like $5.50 each...

If you guys paid $65-70, what am I missing?

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