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Front leaf spring bolt help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by p713to, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Sep 16, 2020 at 1:16 PM
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    p713to

    p713to [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,
    So it's been about a 2 months-ish since my ome dakar leafs were installed and I just noticed today that the bolts at the front of the leafs are tightened differently on each side. Is one too tight or too loose?IMG_20200916_131121.jpg IMG_20200916_131053.jpg
     
  2. Sep 16, 2020 at 1:31 PM
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    Kwikvette

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    You forget the washers?

    Maybe you accidently switched bolts when you undid everything?

    I'll look at mine later.
     
  3. Sep 16, 2020 at 1:42 PM
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    Im pretty sure I didn't forget anything. But idk:confused:
     
  4. Sep 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM
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    I installed mine last year, here's how they look now

    20200916_135922.jpg

    20200916_135911.jpg
     
  5. Sep 16, 2020 at 2:02 PM
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    Thanks! But I'm actually asking about the bolt on the other side.
     
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    No shit of course you are :rofl:
     
  7. Sep 16, 2020 at 2:07 PM
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    Just took pics but I just remembered that I had lost a nut on a trail (and washer) so I replaced it with one from Ace.

    Doubt they're the same width

    20200916_140545.jpg

    20200916_140610.jpg
     
  8. Sep 16, 2020 at 2:08 PM
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    It might be the pictures but those eyes look different sizes going by the hanger
     
  9. Sep 16, 2020 at 2:15 PM
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    You think that I should tighten the nut on the first picture? Because I mean both of ours look kinda similar. I just don't want to lose a nut while driving. (Lol the wording:D)
     
  10. Sep 16, 2020 at 7:53 PM
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    Don't go by how much thread is exposed. Go by torque.

    Unfortunately you can't get a torque wrench on those nuts, and least on the driver side... I think my torque spec on those front bolts is "right before the vein in my forehead pops out" with a box wrench.

    Also, what is that crap dripping off them? Lube? You should use grease, not a spray lube...
     
  11. Sep 16, 2020 at 8:16 PM
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    Both were torqued to the same spec but idk why they turned out like that. The spray lube is fluid film. I just put it on there to see if it can reduce the amount of squeak from the leafs, which it did.
     
  12. Sep 16, 2020 at 9:18 PM
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    fluid film is NOT a lubricant. Grease the bushings with... grease... and the squeak will go away, too.

    I notice you have a washer on the bolt side of that 2nd pic. Pretty sure that washer goes on the nut side. The flange bolt shouldn't need one. That's how mine was/is anyway...
     

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