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ford tower loctite..

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 78Suburban, Jul 11, 2006.

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ford tower bolts

  1. red loctite

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  2. blue loctite

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  3. no loctite

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  4. I don't know, but I'm NEKKID!!!!!!

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  1. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    This has gotta be the most trivial thread of all time, but I've heard to use locktite on my ford tower bolts, so it does wiggle loose from all the beatings its gonna take.. So what locktite should I use? Would blue be sufficient? Or should I step up to Red loctite?

    I've always heard that red wouldn't budge without heat. Since the tower runs along the frame rail with a fuel line..... It would definitely be very permanent, which would be ok I guess though.

    I'm also using a lockwasher under each nut.
    I'm using grade 8 bolts, nuts, and washers. .5"x1" bolts.
    I'm open to any suggestions before I step out of the door and do the dirty deed..
     
  2. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    lol, yeah, pretty boring thread aint it... well, I'm gonna go outside and use the red.. I can't think of any reason I would ever take the towers off, and If I need to, I'll just grind the bolts and tap them out.. kinda like I did to the rivets...
     
  3. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    well....

    All the locktite in the world wont keep a bolt from loosening if it stretches!..but since your using grade 8 bolts,if they are torqued down properly I doubt you'll have any problems..even without locktite..its added insurance ,thats all...and that red stuff gives up fairly easily if you warm it up some,even a propane torch will get it hot enough to release its grip...:crazy:
     
  4. DEMON44

    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    Ok honest to god, WTF is a Ford Tower?

    and blue is good enough for most. If its not critical engine or suspension fastener.
     
  5. sandawgk5

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    I would use red. It holds tighter but you can break it loose a good impact gun. If you have ever removed a ring gear before they are held in with red locktite. I also used pinch style lock nuts.

    Ira
     
  6. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Ford Stuperduty shock tower, popular for use in front shock mounts as they bolt easily to our frames and hold crazy long shocks up farther than the stock. In the pic, the elongated diamond thing with three bolts to the right and ... duh, the shock mounted to it =))

    -- A

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  7. DEMON44

    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    I diggit. get it now. Use red what the hell......and 1/2" impact makes short work of red.


    ............They're called Stover nuts.......the "pinch style" nut
     
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    Affirmative on the Prevailing Torque locknuts (AKA "Stover" nuts). Nylocks aren't gonna cut it there. Use a hardened washer under both the bolt head and the nut. Torque those bolts to spec. Red is locktite is good insurance
     
  9. 78Suburban

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    used red loctite and lockwashers.. also pulled dang hard on it with a pull handle.
     
  10. surpip

    surpip 1 ton status

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    X2 lock washers bring the ghey
    but i use them
    but lock nuts are much, much better
     

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