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How often do you check steering gear bolt torque?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rcamacho, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. rcamacho

    rcamacho 1/2 ton status

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    It's been about a year since I checked after having the frame patch and ORD brace installed. All bolts were loose. I've re-torqued all to 85ft/lbs. Seems like I'll need to make this a regular inspection before/after going offroad.

    Any credibility to upgrading to GR9 bolts?
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I'd consider swapping in new bolts. I had some issues with tranny crossmember bolts loosening up over and over again, so I finally replaced them with all new bolts, washers and nuts and problem was solved.

    Grade 8's should be plenty fine.

    Rene
     
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    I check mine after every 4-6 wheelin trips. After the first few checks a few years ago, they've stayed tight ever since.
     
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    Never checked mine. Can you tell me where they are? They sound important
     
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    Serious? If you are they are the 4 bolts that hold the box to the frame:D 5 if you have the bolt on brace.

    Ira
     
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    "Miniwally" is full hydraulic IIRC...:D

    Rene
     
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    Damn rich fo(kers:doah::D

    Ira
     
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    Do you have to come here and ruin my fun.:p:
     
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    I check them pretty regularly if I remember to. They will loosen up from time to time. Installing new grade 8 bolts is a good idea. When I installed my new bolts I installed bolts that were about 1/2 longer then stock. 3 of the bolts you can get a nut on the backside of the steering box. I installed metal locknuts to help keep them from loosening. It seems to help keep them in there longer.

    Harley
     
  10. rcamacho

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    I'm running new GR8 bolts that came with the ORD brace. I'll check them regularly and go with hightemp locktite next time.
     
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    Right next to your front left leaf spring, ya moron.
     
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    That's my job here Brandon...:D

    Rene
     
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    I took off the visor and looked and couldn't find nothin there. I think the previous owner must have forgot to put that back on when he took it apart. I will have to ask him where it is.:p:
     

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