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Old December 16th, 2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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U-bolts

I need to replace mine as I re-used the dana 30 and dana 35 ones and just re-bent them in a jig I made to fit the 9" and dana 44...... That was 6 years ago

I went to a spring place here in Livonia and the guy said I should upgrade from 1/2" to 9/16" or 5/8" .. is this common? Its only $1 more per one.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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ive got 5/8" on my axles. its overkill but like you said, for an extra buck why not
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Old December 16th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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6years ago? sounds like its fine to me
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Old December 16th, 2011, 03:08 PM   #4
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Well sadly all they had was 1/2" stock So 1/2" is what I went with. I figure if they lasted this long without any issues I should be ok.

And 6 years ago on the stock u-bolts that I heated up, and re bent to fit the bigger axle tubes. I could not torque them down all the way because before hitting the mark, I could feel the threads stretching.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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I have a set that ARC bent for me for my black YJ, and then I linked it. You can have them for 1/2 of whatever they charge now.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #6
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I have a set that ARC bent for me for my black YJ, and then I linked it. You can have them for 1/2 of whatever they charge now.

For the record you shouldn't reuse U bolts. They fall under the same thing as head bolts, they get torqued to their yield and shouldn't be retorqued. Not saying you can't, just saying you shouldn't. I've never seen a retorqued one fail, but for my dd I got new bolts.

Besides they don't live a happy life under a MI rig with rust and the general abuse that we put them through.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #7
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ahhhh thanks scott but i already bought them and installed.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:24 AM   #8
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For the record you shouldn't reuse U bolts. They fall under the same thing as head bolts, they get torqued to their yield and shouldn't be retorqued. Not saying you can't, just saying you shouldn't. I've never seen a retorqued one fail, but for my dd I got new bolts.

Besides they don't live a happy life under a MI rig with rust and the general abuse that we put them through.
Agreed, but these were only used for mockup, always loose for pinion adjustment.

Kirk, cool. Glad your all set.
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