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chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement?

This may be exceedingly dumb, but do I have to replace the nice and new u-bolts I used on my SPOA when I replace my sagging set of springs?
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Re: chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement?

I would think only if you notice a crack or some other flaw. There should be no problem unless you use a thicker set of springs and they become to short.
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Re: chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement?

I managed to remove & use all of my u-bolts when I changed my springs a couple weeks ago. I general rule is to always replace hardware, but if it is still servicable, why not use it.
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Re: chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement?

That's what I was thinking, Mort.

They are only 7 months old and have less than 3000 miles on them.

I can see junking rusty old bolts with over 100k on them...
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Re: chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement?

i wouldnt have a problem at all reusin em ack. id say yer good ta go man...
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Re: chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement

Just make sure you re-torque them a few times! Ubolts stretch when you install them and stretch over time some.
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Re: chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement?

There is a good rule of thumb that applies to u-bolts real well. First, toque them to 30 ft.lbs , then to 60 ft.lbs. as evenly as possible . It's difficult to keep them tight against the spring pad, but with some work or a clamp it can be done . You just want them straight as possible . Do the first torque step on one side , then the other side of the axle . This keeps everything nice and straight . Once the bolts are torqued, here's the rule: Torque the first day , re-torque the next day (after some miles of course) , re-torque after one week , and again after a month . This will keep up with bolt stretch , and ensure that all of them are even . Good luck,
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Re: chuck the fresh u-bolts for spring replacement?

Just make sure when you remove them that you first clean the exposed threads real good with a small wire brush (toothbrush size is fine by hand), then put a little oil on them and where the threads go into the nut BEFORE you try to remove them. This will keep you from ruining the threads.

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