changing U bolts only

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  1. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    IS that * leaf spring U-bolt specific or can I use that for driveshaft U-bolts on U-joints too ??

    Great......

    I just ordered some NAPA U-bolts for my 1350-1310 Conversion U-joint to pinion yoke.....
    DO I really need to 2nd guess this now ??

    BTW Anyone know what the torque specs are for this application ??
    Sorry to hijack.
     
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    I must be misunderstanding this .... You want to use flat ubolts where rounded is called for??
     
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    ubolts != ujoints.
     
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    BondoSpecial Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yeah, no. The stock u bolts have a nice widened contact area in the "saddle" area of the u bolt. The aftermarket random brand ones I have seen never have this so that puts a smaller surface area in the saddle of the u bolt, up against your axle housing.
     
  6. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Huh ???

    There's 2 kinds of strapping methods for U-joints to a pinion yoke that I saw.
    The brackets, or U-bolts. At least that's what I thought......pretty sure.
     
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    protour73 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    no dude, the strap torque values on the u-joints is only like 26 ft lbs. ( and I'd have to check on that) If you over torque these, you will crush the bearing caps in the u-joint. I'll check and post it.
     
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    Ace different applications, I bought u-bolts from Napa for the U-joints and had no problems. Currently on the camaro I'm running the strap kit from Napa as they was thicker then the factory and I lost a bolt the last time I pulled the drive shaft out.
     
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    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks, that's what I needed to know. Thanks again guys.
     
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    Yeah we (were) talking about ubolts for holding the rear end to the springs ... I think. lol
     

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