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Old April 20th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default Replacing leaf springs should I replace all the bolts too?

I guess this one is kinda a no brainer but I want advice nonetheless.
I'm replacing the rear springs in my 1990 F-150. They have multiple broken leaves because of ford using piss poor metal in the late 80's early 90's, so I'm getting new packs.
I know I'm going to pick up new U-bolts for the axle mounts but should I pick up new bolts for the spring eyes too? This is what I'm working with.


The truck has been sitting for the last two years and has alot of scale rust on the frame. At this point I'm pretty sure it would be easier to cut the bolts and just start fresh. I just was wondering if I should try to get factory bolts or could I use Grade 8 hardware?
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Old April 20th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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Getting new hardware is fine if you can't (or don't want to) get the old bolts out.
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I have always used the old bolts, but new bushings
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grade 8 is what they use i think fromt he factory
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i always just reused the old ones...
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If you buy new ones, you can get greaseable ones. I would recommend this + new bushings, as the job will be made sooooo much easier by being able to torch off both the u-bolts and the spring eye bolts. Cut everything, toss old pack with crappy bushings and bolts still in it, assemble new parts and not have to fukc with anything.
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I had to destroy 2 bolts on my Ranger (torch) the other ones that I did get out were too buggered up to use again.

Like PP said, cut it all out and put all new stuff in. Easiest way.
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