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dana 60 question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by gmc4cw, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. gmc4cw

    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    does anyone make studs for the passenger side spring perch? Instead of using bolts to hold the spring plate down.

    or what size are the bolts so I can do some searching. I could pull one out of mine but where I keep my truck is 35 minutes away.
     
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    MuddinManny Banned

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    Yup!

    Superlift, part 3418. U-Bolt Kit, Chevy 1 Ton 73-91 Front end.

    Superlift Front End Kits

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    Manny
     
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    Thread is 5/8-11 TPI but the length will depend on the thickness of your spring pack & spring plate
     
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    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    is that definitely studs and not bolts? I don't need U-bolts, just 2 studs and 2 nuts. I get all my u-bolts made at a spring shop 20 minutes from my garage.

    what the heck smiley is that antwyas?
     
  5. mrk5

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    I know for certain that Blue Torch Fab (BTF) has kits with studs, because that's what I have. But kinda pricey IMO.

    I was also able to find studs that are grade B7. They are full threaded 5/8-11. From what I understand B7 is slightly below grade 8, IIRC they don't do grade 8 in studs, but I could be wrong on that.

    I have 2 of the B7 studs I could send for the cost of shipping if you're interested.
     
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    ORD sells them as well, the only thing is you have to buy all three u bolts too.
     
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    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    got a pic? sound a lot like all thread rod, which I was under the impression was not the strongest.
     
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    I think it was Superlift that I bought the u-joint kit for when I swapped in the 60 that came with studs. They had the 5/8" course thread to go into the housing on one end, then the fine thread (same as the u-bolts) on the other end. The first problem was that they were way too long.....mainly that the unthreaded center section was too long and you couldn't get the top nuts tightened down. I guess the Superlift springs are really thick, because I had 5 leaf Skyjackers and probably still 1.5" away from tightening it up. I used a dye and rethreaded it down further to make them work.

    In any case, both of those studs broke at different times around 5-6 wheeling trips later. No, they didn't break where I added the thread and they were always tight (checked them before every trip), they broke just inside the holes in the D60 housing (what a PITA). I replaced them with grade 8 bolts and have run probably 20 trips with no issues.
     
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    For normal "all-thread" it is not the strongest but the B7 grade is the grade 8 equivalent for studs.

    Ira
     
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    I don't know if it'll help you much. I mean a stud basically looks like a threaded rod. :dunno:

    [​IMG]
     
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    all the stock bolts i have removed have been grd 5 from the factory. and i dont run studs. i have run longer bolts on all mine with no problems.
     
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    Who has studs that are longer than stock? I'm running zero rate blocks and need longer studs.
     
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    I just installed the D60 u-bolt kit from Blue Torch Fab that has new studs. The studs are longer than stock. They were plenty long enough to fit a stock 52" leaf pack. They have the course threads on the bottom and fine threads on the top to match the u-bolts.
     

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