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Fender washer size?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 4X4HIGH, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Quick question, what size fender washers are people using to try and fix the D60 DW?
     
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    I used 1/2" fender washers. 2" outside diameter, 1/2" hole in the middle and 1/16" thick. Got em at Homo depot...

    Worked like a charm.

    Rene
     
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    They get used as shims to increase the king pin spring pre-load...which cures DW issues.

    Rene
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I couldn't wait for an answer so i went to Orchard Supply Hardware and bought some and low and behold, they are 1/2" x 2" fender washers and they actually measure .056" thick. Before i took the cap off i removed my tie rod on the driver side and measured the amount of torque it took to move the steering knuckle and then did this again after i installed the fender washer and the required torque increased by 5 lbs. I did the same thing with the passenger side knuckle but had to also remove the drag link as well as the tie rod and once i was done installing a fender washer there was no change at all on the required torque so i'm going to guess that i will still have DW and it will be from the passenger side and i will have to add another washer to that side.

    Wish me luck, i'm about to go drive it and see what happens.
     
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    I wonder if your torque readings with the weight of the vehicle off the axle are really an indication of how it will run with the weight on it :confused:
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    This how how GM says to check for ball joint preload and also king pin preload.
     

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