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Replacing u-bolts with AAL

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by DirtJumper14, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Jan 29, 2009 at 10:27 PM
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    DirtJumper14

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    I have heard before that anytime you change around the leafs or whenever you loosen the u-bolts that you should replace them. because of the wear and stress on them. I am doing the 5100 and AAL in a day or 2. Anyone have an opinion of this? Gonna do it this weekend so wanted to ask, thanks guys
     
  2. Jan 29, 2009 at 10:28 PM
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    Mine are the originals, they work fine, no need to replace
     
  3. Jan 29, 2009 at 10:35 PM
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    Only replace them if you need more length. After a week, get back under the truck and make sure the nuts are still tight. Other than that, there's no reason to get new U bolts. (unless of course you read the replies below me and figure out that I don't actually know what I'm talking about...)

    Rob
     
  4. Jan 30, 2009 at 7:06 AM
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    Technically, You should replace the "U" bolts, as once they are torqued down, they stretch. I have reused them before, but I would only reuse them one time, then replace.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2009 at 7:11 AM
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    Once they stretch and you re-use them, they have a tendency to come loose. When the u-bolts come loose - usually causes the centering pin head to sheer off. When the centering pin head sheers off....it can get really ugly.

    I'd highly recommend getting new ones.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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    LOL, Im takeing that you have sen this too? "Ugly" is the PERFECT word. ;)
     
  7. Jan 30, 2009 at 7:21 AM
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    Ohhh yeah.... far too many times. Never happened to me though.... I'd rather spend the money up front and prevent the headaches later. ;)
     
  8. Jan 30, 2009 at 7:23 AM
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    x2! :)
     
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