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Anyone make their own greaseable shackle bolts?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by FRIZZLEFRY, Jan 25, 2002.

  1. FRIZZLEFRY

    FRIZZLEFRY 1/2 ton status

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    Im thinking about maybe making some for myself.It wouldnt be too hard.Im just gonna get some grade 8 bolts, drill them,and put a zerk in the end.Drill some holes in the sleeve that goes in the bushing and I should be good to go.Anyone done this?

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    I had thought about doing the same thing. The only hard part is coming up with a drill bit that is long enough to go half way down the bolt and hard enough not to dull or break off. I think it will just take a good drill press and some patience. Good luck.

    Removing some material from the center will do a lot less to weaken the bolt than removing it from the outside. A hollow grade 8 might be tougher than what's on there now.

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    I was thinking of only drilling 1/3 of the way down the bolt .I was thinking only going that far may keep the bolt stronger than going half way.I can get something to cut the hole so thats not a problem.Im gonna drill the hole in the end on my lathe and the hole through the side on the mill.

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    I did mine for the rear end. I have not done the front ones as of yet. I was lucky enough to have an engine lathe so it worked like a champ

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    I did mine myself. Grade 8 bolts drilled not quite to the center of the bolt. I used a 4" thick block of aluminum and drilled a hole the same size as the bolt so I would have a way of holding the bolt true to the spindle of the drill press. It just took a while to drill the small hole in the center of the bolt, the chips tend to plug the hole quickly.

    My bushing inserts are of the 'split' variety and allow the grease to go where needed quite easily. I still have to do the rest of the spring eye bolts but overall it was an easy mod.

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