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Old 12-08-2017, 12:06 AM   #1
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Crossmember rivet removal help

Iíve been trying to remove my trailing arm Crossmember to flip the mounts and weld pipe for exhaust to pass through. Iíve got all the bottom rivets removed and the front of the top 2 removed and the heads knocked off the back 2. Iíve been tried to drill the back 2 rivets butvthe bit keeps wanting to walk. I canít get my grinder in to flatten the knocked rivet down. Anybody have any suggestions that might help me get these back 2 out?
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:18 AM   #2
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Re: Crossmember river removal help

Try putting your flapper wheel or grinding disc on upside down. Sometimes that will help you get in to a tite spot. If not break out the air chisel to cut the head of the rivet off.Last resort CUTTING TORCH!
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:30 AM   #3
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Try putting your flapper wheel or grinding disc on upside down. Sometimes that will help you get in to a tite spot. If not break out the air chisel to cut the head of the rivet off.Last resort CUTTING TORCH!
Iíve got the heads off but itís not flat enough to get the drill bit to start. I will see if I can put the disc on upside down to see if I can get in to flatten it out
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:23 AM   #4
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Re: Crossmember river removal help

Use a center punch to dent the center of the rivet where you want to drill. Use a small bit to start, then work your way larger till it’s drilled out.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:45 AM   #5
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Use a center punch to dent the center of the rivet where you want to drill. Use a small bit to start, then work your way larger till itís drilled out.
I did the same, and had no problems.
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