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Old 09-09-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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new u-bolts required???

waiting for my order to arrive but was wondering if you need to use new ubolts(longer) with the rear aal that comes with the 3" toytec lift? I also ordered shims. I looked under my truck and the stockers have about an inch of thread left. will that be enough?? thank you
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waiting for my order to arrive but was wondering if you need to use new ubolts(longer) with the rear aal that comes with the 3" toytec lift? I also ordered shims. I looked under my truck and the stockers have about an inch of thread left. will that be enough?? thank you
I don't think you have to but everyone here will suggest it since they are so cheap and I think you can stretch out the threads and weaken them. Someone will chime in with a forsure answer on whether or not they are mandatory.
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I bought a new set of u-bolts when I put my AAL and shims on. Without the longer u-bolts there wasn't a lot of thread left on the stock ones. Plus you can usually pick them up at any auto store for next to nothing.

Just cut off the extra threads when you get the new ones on.
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I think it is recommended to never re-use U bolts. I could be wrong though
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:42 PM   #5
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All those u-bolts found in auto stores are cheap junk. They'll work, but for about $25 more you can get some nice 1/2" USA steel grade 5's instead of that grade 3 china stuff. I have 3 u-bolt options from grade 3 junk to grade 5 quality with grade 8 hardware and then monster 9/16" grade 8 with high nuts and thick flat washers. Square or round, quality is the way to go when it comes to u-bolts, just like blocks.

grade 3 china



1/2" grade 5 USA



9/16"" grade 8 USA

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All those u-bolts found in auto stores are cheap junk. They'll work, but for about $25 more you can get some nice 1/2" USA steel grade 5's instead of that grade 3 china stuff. I have 3 u-bolt options from grade 3 junk to grade 5 quality with grade 8 hardware and then monster 9/16" grade 8 with high nuts and thick flat washers. Square or round, quality is the way to go when it comes to u-bolts, just like blocks.

grade 3 china



1/2" grade 5 USA



9/16"" grade 8 USA

where did you get the 1/2" ones from?
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where did you get the 1/2" ones from?
The 1/2" gold ones are grade 3 pep-boys specials with my upgraded hardware and the 1/2" grade 5's below them are custom bent for me at a spring shop I do business with. They are much nicer than most commonly found. The threads aren't cut as deep, which means there is no play in the nut.
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