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loose hub bolts revisited
Done the searches, also asked about this a year and a half ago when my stock 5 bolt locking hubs bit the dust. Bought Superwinch hubs and used grade 8 bolts. Thought I was all set. Tightened them up properly and they are coming loose all the time under load. I can't find wave washers like the factory used, split washers will chew up the aluminum hubs, and all the studs I could find in town were grade 5, made for manifolds and the sort. Bought some long set screws, but was too chicken to try them.
Anyone that can recommend a proper washer to use under the head of the bolts on the hubs? That factory washer was unique, and no one has them.
Anyone using grade 5 studs and had success? Can't find grade 8 studs.
I was pulling a trailer with a ton of wood thru the woods over the weekend and had the hub bolts loosen up twice. I know that sheared bolts or damaged hubs is just around the corner. I'm glad I discovered the loosened bolts before any harm was done.