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King pin/Ball joint Dana 60

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by COLLISION, Oct 18, 2002.

  1. COLLISION

    COLLISION 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone replaced these?
    I'm just putting new ones in and was wondering if lock tight and installing them with a impact gun would be alright.The manual calls for 550 ft. lbs of torque.
    I unfortunatley don't have a torque wrench capable of that.
    My impact is capable of 690 ft. lbs.
    I just can't see these things backing themself out, just getting the old ones out was a PITA. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    imiceman44 1 ton status

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    Are you sure of those numbers?
     
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    COLLISION 1/2 ton status

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    Thats what is says in the GM service manual, and the manual that I printed off this site says between 500-600 ft.lbs
    http://www.coloradok5.com/dana60manual.shtml
    I believe it's on page 18 on the above link.
    I guess if it comes down to it I could borrow a torque wrench off the snap-on rep, chances are he won't have one either.
     
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    For that much torque you could use a multiplier. We had a 3:1 and a 4:1 multiplier where I used to work. We quite often had U-bolts in the 650 ft/lb range.

    Rene
     
  5. COLLISION

    COLLISION 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks for the info, again.
    I'm trying to find a torque wrench, if I don't I think i'll just hammer it in with my impact and call it a day.
    I really don't think it will loosen itself off.
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    One way to make sure the kingpins don't back off on ya is to dab some Red Loc-Tite on them. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    Thanks,
    I already got them back in and they are locktighted with the red stuff.
    Time to wrestle that thing under my frame. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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