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Unread 05-24-2010, 03:39 PM   #1
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type of threaded rod for swaybar links?

As per my build thread, I'm making my own custom swaybar links. Will a grade 2 threaded rod work for my application? The other options I can see are 304 stainless, low carbon steel, and b7 alloy.

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Unread 05-24-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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I'm looking at this page, specifically for 7/16-20 threads. Grainger
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Grade 2? Do you know what the grades mean? Please educate yourself on fastener strength.

No less than grade 8 hardware please.

I would use none of the alloys you listed.
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Grade 2? Do you know what the grades mean? Please educate yourself on fastener strength.

No less than grade 8 hardware please.

I would use none of the alloys you listed.
Dude, why do you think i posted this question? There's no reason to be snarky.
I have heard that grade 8 hardware is highly recommended in most of these kinds of applications. However "Grade 8" threaded rods do not seem to be very common. At least not in my searches so far and definitely not in the supplier whose link I posted above. And as far as educating myself on fastner strength, according to this grade chart grade 2 has a minimum tensile strength of between 60k-74k psi. Seems like quite a bit to me. But then again I really don't know what kind of pressures these links are put through.
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i got grade 8 threaded rod from Ace Hardware and made my own rear endlinks

but im at 7" of lift, with the 3" of lift you have, it would be cheaper to just buy a premade kit than to buy a $20 stick of grade 8 threaded rod
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i got grade 8 threaded rod from Ace Hardware and made my own rear endlinks

but im at 7" of lift, with the 3" of lift you have, it would be cheaper to just buy a premade kit than to buy a $20 stick of grade 8 threaded rod
Sorry dude, I'm making front links not rears. I'm assuming thats what you are referring to... I already have 80 bucks into my rod ends, another 20 bucks for the threaded rod isn't so bad. My real trouble is finding it in 7/16-20 threads. This is a fine threaded rod rather than the course threads. I haven't tried ACE yet though. Ill have to check them out.
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oh my bad, thought you were making rear endlinks
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The average american male is strong enough to bend a 12" stick of grade 2 1/2" 13 rod into a u. Its the stuff you use to hang a light fixture in your garage and don't bump it or it'll bend.

Tensile strength is measured lengthwise on the rod. It does relate to bending resistance, but it certainly isn't 60ksi bending resistance. It'll probably see half again that kind of force going over a pothole at 45mph.
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I appreciate those comparisons ratmonky. Puts it into a perspective I can relate with.
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