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Old December 21st, 2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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Spring Center Pins

i took apart my rear suspension and when i removed the passenger spring i found that the center pin is shot. it needs to be replaced but im not sure how to get one quickly and easily.

what is special about a center pin? is there any reason i cant buy a grade 8 bolt and grind the head round just like a center pin and use that?
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Old December 21st, 2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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Pretty much any auto parts store would have one
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Old December 21st, 2011, 08:38 PM   #3
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Grind a bolt!
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 11:40 AM   #4
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i took apart my rear suspension and when i removed the passenger spring i found that the center pin is shot. it needs to be replaced but im not sure how to get one quickly and easily.

what is special about a center pin? is there any reason i cant buy a grade 8 bolt and grind the head round just like a center pin and use that?
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 08:01 PM   #5
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they are actually BDS springs so i might be able to get new for free.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 08:28 PM   #6
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If you do use a bolt use grade 5 or 3, I've used 8 before and they are brittle and broke but the grade 5 have lasted a few years.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 08:33 PM   #7
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Unlimited offroad usually has them instock too.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 09:37 PM   #8
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Buy them, or you can use a grade 8 fine thread socket head cap screw or a rounded bolt.

Always worth it to keep a couple extra in the tool bag.

I've always used fine thread grade 8 cap screws in a black oxide finish. Never broke any of them, but I use 3/8. I've seen a lot of 5/16 ones break on the trails over the years.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 04:24 PM   #9
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i would use 3/8 but the springs are not drilled for it. i think they have either 1/4" or 5/16 they are on a suzuki samurai so the springs are as short and narrow as they come.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 05:13 PM   #10
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i got them from AB spring, slapped a $100 down on the table to pay and the guy told me to just take 'em.
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