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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 08:23 AM
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Stainless Steel U Bolts

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]

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Re: Stainless Steel U Bolts

Sorry it's chrome or nothing at all for me

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Re: Stainless Steel U Bolts

So, uh, how do they get them strong enough so they don't break and leave you dead upside down in the ditch?

The 5/8" Grade 8 U-bolts I've got on my truck look too girly, I'd had to buy some "Grade 3" stainless and expect them to keep me safe.
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Re: Stainless Steel U Bolts

Mine are made from regular mild steel with cut threads then tripple chromed... My truck just rides the trailer to and from the shows so I don't need no grade 8 chit.

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Re: Stainless Steel U Bolts

cool d00d, that triple plated chrome will lock up those threads so good it makes loctite obsolete... good thinking!
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Hey willys, I'm sure your nuts are chromed too so I have to ask... how did you keep from messing up the plating when you torqued them on?
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Didn't torque them, just used a diaper in my hand and hand tightened them. Like I said, just rolls off and on the trailer...

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Oooookaaaaay, I gotcha. Good call there on that one.
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Re: Stainless Steel U Bolts

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.
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Re: Stainless Steel U Bolts

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.

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