Building up a '78 1 ton and was wanting Some Stainless Steel U bolts for show purposes. I contacted Totally Stainless because they are making them for other truck combos from better than grade 8 material. I have the Dana 60 front and 14 bolt rear combo as far as axles go. Doc said if he got enough requests he may tool up to make them. If anyone out there wants them or would like to help, Email them and let them know. I've sent the measurements and they have them on file now. Any help is appreciated. Email them at: [email protected]
Their Stainless is a heat treatable blend. Made from 17-4 PH certified Stainless. 170,000 PSI and IS stronger than OEM bolts of the same size. Most stainless CAN NOT be strenghtened but their blend can be. Chroming causes Hydrogen embrittlement which weakens whatever is plated. Chrome should never be used on suspension parts. I DO plan on using my truck and that is why I want the stainless. Go to their site , they have a lot of info if your interested.
Im still partial to chrome. Nothing appeals to me more than crawling under my truck with a rag, a toothbrush and chrome polish to polish my ubolts. AND I do also use my truck! Just last week I pulled it out and drove the kids to the mall.