Stripped Differential Nut and Fixed!
This past week I found a pumpkin (w/ vlsd) for a bargain I couldn't say no to. I will probably get flamed for even going to a vlsd but I wanted to keep the ride in commission while I swap a quaife into the base pumpkin this summer.
Well I ran into a problem all too common on the forums...I stripped the damn rear diff nut. Read through the forums and found people hacksawing, drilling, etc... I really wanted to preserve my diff so and I was pretty damn sure there was a way to get it out. After several attempts I drove to my buddy's house and picked up his dremel.
Went to sears the next day to get the correct dremel bit in hopes to grind the sucker down and break it off. The threads would either have to be cleaned up, I would have to get a new bolt welded on, or a nismo cover had to be on the way. While searching for the bit I ran into the Craftsman "bolt-out" kit. I thought hell no, this won't work.
I decided to give it a shot and went with the impact series bolt-out kit so I could use a 3/8" drive as opposed to using crazy socket sizes for the "low-profile" bolt-out set. After some muscle the sucker came out. And by some muscle I mean i had the wrench at my hips with an extended aluminum tube for leverage and both my legs pushing against the driver side rear wheel. When the damn thing popped it sounded like a gun went off. By the way, I also used the jack to move the diff up and down to alleviate pressure while trying to pop off the bolt. After a few tries the bolt finally gave.
So for anyone who has a stripped bolt or nut, go to sears and pick of a set of these. It's a lifesaver and wont take you 10 hours like a hacksaw..
Enjoy, and hopefully this saves people some headaches.
Last edited by rainycityZ; 01-30-2013 at 08:48 PM.