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a question for B&B

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by elite1msmith, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    or anyother knowelegeable person ... i know there are only a few :D


    replacing leaf springs on a dodge 2500, Do i need to get new u bolts, that hold the sping to the axle? i assume no, these are only 4 yrs old, good condidtion, good threads, how eever i thought that i would ask just to be sure. as always there is a budget. i didnt know if that was one of those parts, that once you put them on , they recommend replacement upon breaking them loss?
     
  2. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I am no expert, but I just had mine re-done and they used the old u bolts. I think as long as they can get them off your ok.

    Bossman
     
  3. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i have just seen alot of places just tourch off the old ones... normally i assume thats because they are lazy, its easyier.... but again just wanted to be sure. kinda like how when you change a U - Joint they recommend using new hold dlwn straps, and bolts, and not the old ones. for what ever reason
     
  4. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    When I say "old" they were new last year.

    Bossman
     
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    As long as you can get them off and the threads are in good shape after you do, then they're perfectly re-usable.

    But, if you need to heat the nuts to get them off, replace the nuts with good grade 8 nuts or actual U-bolt nuts (if you have access to them). Check the threads very closely on the U-bolt as well. If theirs any question, replace them all.
     
  6. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    thanks BB!
     
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Holy smokes, I thought you knew everything, Elite.;)
     
  8. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Jd, i have never said that i know everything, and anything that i dont know, i have clearly stated that i dont have the proper knowlege to answer the question. or i have asked
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Did you see the smiley face winking at you, as in I"m joking.:drinkup:
     
  10. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    :drinkup: yes im well aware :redbounce
     
  11. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    u bolts

    well opinion's are just like !!!!!!!!!!!%$^&&*>< i got one new one's are cheaper than an new rear end if the thing exit's stage left .u-bolt's stretch upon instalation and should be retourqed approximately a week to 10 day's after driving .the u-bolt's never get checked after and they will be loose .most time's they will not retourque very well after a year or so .it's cheap insurance !!!!!!!!!!:drinkup:
     
  12. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Thats the main reason I like to use the used ones if I can, as they're already "pre-stretched" from being on there the first time. Brand new U-bolts need re-torqued more times than used ones as they need "stretched"....and you know they won't bring it back in order to do so.
     
  13. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    I don't want put old u bolt when it remove then put on it then tight it.

    We try that we gave up when it stripe because it not hold thread when torque it. Most time best is replace new for safety.