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Center pins.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by smokkey1, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. smokkey1

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    I can't find any at the local parts stores around here. I'm going to go to OSH tommorrow to get some Grade 8's. What size do I need? it's for the rear which is 56" springs.



    thanks
     
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    you mean the the rod through leaf packs ?
     
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    All the ones I've ever seen are 3/8", but i've heard of some being 5/16"
     
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    dumb question but is that the head or the shank of the bolt?
     
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    Any spring or suspension shop will have those...

    Chev are 3/8", anf the ones for the Ford 57" springs are 7/16"

    Rene
     
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    I just used a socket head cap screw of the correct size. I think it was 5/16. No problems with it. I bet Steve from ORD could give you a good answer to this question. Post up in his message forum.
     
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    go to a spring shop dude, they have em in every size you'd ever need. prolly cheaper than a hardware or parts store too...

    j
     
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    thanks guys, I checked auto zone and Kargens yesterday one guy thought it was for the brakes [​IMG] then went to kargen and told me to check the junk yard [​IMG] well I'll see if there is an NAPA close by then if they don't have them I'll look for an suspension shop in the area. if not theres always th junk yard:haha:
     
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    I just did a home brew shackle flip and had to cut the old center pins to put longer ones in for the angle shim things and they were a 3/8 bolt with the 9/16 head so you use a 9/16 inch wrench of your favorite flavor.:grin:
     
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    Don't waste time at a junk yard for parts like that...makes about as much sense as looking for an oil filter at a junk yard.

    Grab the yellow pages and find a spring shop. The center pin's run under $3 each here.

    Rene
     
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    I get them for $1.50 ea down the street. If you need let me know and i will mail them out to you
     
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    thanks.


    rene, I was joking about the junk yard. it's just was funny that the guy at kragen told me to go to the junk yard.
     
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    thanks for the offer :waytogo: I'll keep you in mind.
     
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    I had the same problem. Just used grade 8's and ground the corners off to round out the head a little.
     
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    I just use socket head cap screws. They are stronger anyways.
     
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    I know the GM dealers carry them. Sometimes they are a little higher but it beats driving all over the place. I bought some from the GM dealer not so long ago for 3-4 bucks a peice if memory serves. They were about 10" long. You cut to the length you need after cranking them tight.
     
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    Did the same thing..works great:D
     

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