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New definition of a "safety chain"

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mountainexplorer, May 10, 2006.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    Since my Dana 60 bolt holes got messed up from me trying to drill them out, and I didn't have a bit big enough or the right angle to drill without removing the housing, I did this.
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    Used the tap I had in a 1/2" diameter size, and tapped out the holes that I had drilled. I put two 1/2" bolts into the holes and tightened them knowing they would break or strip out this weekend. But... with the extra help and tensioning provided by this short piece of safety chain and a motor mount bolt, I think it will hold up through the weekend till I can remove the whole housing and fix it right.
     
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    so you hoard D60's and than you mess them up?

    :) just kidding man, good luck with that
     
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    resurrected_jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    ah, redneck engineering and shameless fabrication justified by the word "safety"

    looks like it might work.... hope you are able to hold enough tension on it to have fun this weekend
     
  4. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    I didn't screw it up intentionally. I didn't even realize the bolts had snapped off at the housing until I looked close at it this year. Must have happened sometime last year. The mud coating hid it until I looked closer.

    I just need some drilling room and a bigger bit to fix it right. As of now, my 1/2" diameter drilled out holes are at a bit of an angle and were off center.
     
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    i know man i was just joshing ya
     
  6. mountainexplorer

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    Well, with me I always have the intentions to fix something right. But don't be surprised if I end up running with this temporary fix all year.

    As Red Green once said, "this is only temporary unless it works".
     
  7. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    That gives me the "jibblies"......

    If you never drive it on the street, and it's TRULY a temporary fix then I guess it's better than missing a chance to go wheeling..... :usaflag:
     
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    So should we submit him to one of those "scary steering" type of pages? :haha: Honestly i've seen worse temp. fixes on trail trucks than that. Good luck.
     
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    "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." :D
     
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    So do you still have pieces of the old broken bolts in the housing? I know that's supposed to be a 5/8 UNC hole, and if you have drilled a 1/2" hole, then you still have those busted pieces in there then right? Sounds like it's time for an easy-out, or something more improvised and redneck.
     
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    Allan, you shoulda used the handyman's secret weapon, duct tape!

    -- A
     
  12. mountainexplorer

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    I drilled out and used a large easy out. If I would have pulled any harder, I would have easily snapped the easy out off in the hole too. So I driled more until I ran out of large drill bits and tapped what I had. It is not licensed and is not going on pavement or streets. Top speed it should see is however fast I go through a mud pit this weekend. Worst stress will be steering. I figure I probably drove it half of last year with one u-bolt on that side, so it should last with a u-bolt, two bolts and a chain.
     
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    I had the same thing happen on my d60.I was able to get my drill in there by lifting the truck up by the frame and letting the suspension sag.
     
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    I'm thinking it will work for ya, We won't even get into the dos equies induced fixes I have conjured to get one to the trail for a good weekend
     

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