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Unread 06-21-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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need new u bolts/ axle bolts

Where do i find new u bolts (axle bolts) besides ebay? do local shops usually carry them in various lengths or is this usually a special otder kind of item

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Unread 06-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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I prefer to have mine custom made locally. They seem to be much stronger than the chain store U-bolts. The price is a few dollars more (usually about $10 per bolt with washers and nuts), but it's worth it to me.
Check the yellow pages for a spring, or suspension shop. Take the old U-bolts, or spring plates with you.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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I prefer to have mine custom made locally. They seem to be much stronger than the chain store U-bolts. The price is a few dollars more (usually about $10 per bolt with washers and nuts), but it's worth it to me.
Check the yellow pages for a spring, or suspension shop. Take the old U-bolts, or spring plates with you.
X2...if you buy u bolts make sure it is u-bolt material. Many places now use cheap lightweight crap. Go to a local driveline or machine shop. I had all 8 of mine made (take yours with you, the size does matter) and there was one over the front differential that was a larger size. Took him less than 10 minutes and cost me $40.
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I get mine from a local spring/suspension shop which most of their business is industrial (big rigs). Just had four made for my F250 for $40.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 01:11 AM   #5
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U-bolts are available just about anywhere that sells auto parts. Never had a quality problem before (but that's not to say there aren't some bad ones out there). It is a little hard to find a variety of length, so I always buy longer and cut to desired length.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 10:39 AM   #6
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Another vote for the local drive shaft or heavy truck shop
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Unread 06-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #7
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I've gotten m them from a spring shop that works on the bigger trucks. They use grade 8 material and the threads are rolled not cut. Roll formed threads are much stronger.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #8
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Unread 06-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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Ditto!

Over the counter is fine for me. I could probably find some machined titanium billet if I were really concerned about strength, but that would be silly. I'm not racing Baja any time soon...
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Ditto!

I'm not racing Baja any time soon...
Me neither. It's the trip down the highway at 65 mph that I'm worried about the most.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 06:52 PM   #11
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Ditto!

Over the counter is fine for me. I could probably find some machined titanium billet if I were really concerned about strength, but that would be silly. I'm not racing Baja any time soon...
Titanium is not strong at all, please do not use titanium. Most titanium availabe to us is 60% aluminum (6AL4V)

They probably could not hold the weight of the vehicle if you are sprung under.

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Unread 06-22-2013, 07:19 PM   #12
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Ti not strong That's total HOGWASH
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium
That alloy you posted, is the same alloy used for the turbine blades in jet engines
Ti would cost 100X that of alloy steel for "U"-bolts.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 08:01 PM   #13
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Ti not strong That's total HOGWASH
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium
That alloy you posted, is the same alloy used for the turbine blades in jet engines
Ti would cost 100X that of alloy steel for "U"-bolts.
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Oh believe me, they are not strong enough for the area available for ubolts.

Per pound, nothing can touch it. But titanium is light, very light in every meaning of light. It gauls bad, you might get one shot at a nut going on, forget tightening it. It WILL strip. The blades you mention are most certainly contained by another more suitable alloy, if not, stay off that type of plane!

PM me your address and I will flat rate you a piece to play with, you be the judge. OOPS, sorry, just read that you have machined tons of it, what gives? You obviously know it's strong and weak points? I work with ti as well and know from research and development were it lacks.

Please don't trust me, or any "on-line" info, see for yourself. Aviation and the space industry use CP (commercially pure) ti, but it is composed of aluminum as well. The "V" in the ti designantion is Vanadium, much like chrome or tungsten carbide (WC), too hard to be stable (or not brittle).

Ti has it's place, but not on ubolts, seriously. There is a reason why it is limited to space and flight mostly, it's weight to strength ratio. Bird brains and bones are light LOL
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Unread 06-23-2013, 07:35 AM   #14
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I prefer to have mine custom made locally. They seem to be much stronger than the chain store U-bolts. The price is a few dollars more (usually about $10 per bolt with washers and nuts), but it's worth it to me.
Check the yellow pages for a spring, or suspension shop. Take the old U-bolts, or spring plates with you.
7 or 8 bucks at my local machine shop call ahead and they are done by the time I get there. No screwing around at the parts store. No further trimming once they are on.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 10:18 AM   #15
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WSS-Ti can be alloyed with any metal.
If you don't think Ti has bolt strenght, then all the bolts I help make for over 20 yrs for the Atlas 5 booster rocket(and many other)were a mistake then. According to you
NOW--Back to Jeep'n
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