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D60 spring bolts... red lock tight, blue loc tight or lock washers?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dawson444, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. dawson444

    dawson444 1/2 ton status

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    On my D60 spring bolts should I use red loc tight, blue loc tight, lock washer or nothing? Also what should I torque them to? Thanks!
     
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    i use blue loctite and flat washer /forums/images/icons/wink.gif torque i think 180
     
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    never use red
    I would say nothing as you have to retorque them
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    WOW!!! /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif 180 ft. lbs.?!?!

    Which "spring bolts" are we talking about here? The u-bolts or the frame/shackle bolts?
     
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    MJ: how come never use red loc tight?
     
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    If it is applied correctly you will have to heat red-loctite up and melt it, so you can remove the bolt.

    Usually red-loctite is used on reciprocating mass in engines.
     
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    Instead of bolts on the passenger side pumpkin, use studs. Torque is 150 lb/ft from all the info that has been posted on here...........no lock washers, no loc-tite of any kind is needed, just re-torque them a couple of times after the install and you are good to go.
     
  8. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    Another good tip is to fill the void between the housing and the spring plate caused by the thicker spring pack of lift springs. You can fab a spacer out of steel, or if you don't have the equipment to fab this up you can use some hardened washers to provide some stability. I believe that the instability caused by this void is the main reason people break the bolts off in the housing. I fabbed a spacer out of 1/2 inch steel, but I am about to have to make a new one because I am going to add a set of ORD zero rates. Hope this helps.

    Mike
     
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    could you post a pic of that spacer?? i recently had my bolts break and was thinking of adding some kind of spacer.

    the reason i think mine broke was my spring pack had a degree shim that didn't allow the spring plate to sit level.

    i removed the shim and at the same time removed the bottom leaf, so the gap that i have is less that an inch.

    i would just hate to go through all the repair all over again.





    ric
     
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    I don't have a pic, and if I took one now you really couldn't see anything but the end of it. I am running 6 inch Tuff Country ez-rides and my spacer requirements were 1/2 inch thick by 1.5 inches wide by 5 inches long. the width and length will remain consistent and only the thickness will change. I didn't have a drill bit big enough for the bolt holes so I drilled a smaller hole and blew the rest out with the "blue wrench"! It is extremely easy to fab! Hope this helps!

    Mike
     

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