Stainless bolts are not as tough as grade 8. The reason is that grade 8 fasteners are make from a heat treatable alloy and they are heat treated. Stainless hardware is made from bar stock that does not go through any type of heat treating process unless you buy custom machined bolts that have been heat treated but not many folks are going to do that.
As far as which will be stronger. The grade 8 will be. Will stainless tub bolts be strong enough? Most likely yes.
time for some parts porn!
the new Reid Armless knuckles arrived today. Although the orange looks cool i think I will hit them with a coat of black.
Here is a few pictures of the drivers side knuckle for your enjoyment.
Got off my butt and fired up the blasting cabinet today. knocked the surface rust off some parts that Need to get painted.
also scuffed up the new knuckles in preparation for paint. I just can't live with the orange sticking out like a sore thumb
The new high steer arms are on order as well as a Detroit truetrac for the front. I should have everything I need to button up the front end now except the tie rod and drag link.
I got all the painted parts put back on today. The Detroit truetrac for the front also showed up at my door, So I pulled the front axle back out from under the jeep. I am going to try my hand at installing the Truetrac and new 4.56 gears this weekend.
Threw in the towel on the Truetrac/Gear install. I just don't have the special tools to do the install right with confidence. So, I dropped the housing off at the Offroad shop. I didn't have time to weld the new spring over spring mounts on. So, I asked them to do that as well. Should have the Gear filled housing back by friday. I plan on bolting it back under the jeep this coming weekend and calling this front end done! finally!
Except - Need to order the custom length tie rod and drag link. but that's easy!
1985 CJ7 Project Phase One : 5.3L Vortec/4L60E, Moser axles for AMC20, Twin Stick'd Dana300 - Completed Phase Two: Bedliner, Rollcage, Seats, BESRK Rear Bumper w/ tire swing, Soft Top, and a few other goodies - Mostly Complete Phase Three: Waggy 44 front, Scout D44 Rear, 4.56's, ARB's (F/R) SOA with YJ Springs, 35x12.50x15 BFG MT - Not Even Close to beginning
Also a mostly rust-free 1970 Scout 800A That I'll get to start working on someday...
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