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where can i get some decent u bolts made? there is a transport/driveline service shop next to me that does the service of making and bending ubolts. i assume grade 8 rod would be fine to use and im sure its the standard material. would the stock jeep ubolt thickness be ok to use again or should i be using a larger gauge like 1/2"?
 

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Any reputable spring shop will make them up according to the axle diameter.
You can get them any length.
 
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Call Harry's Spring Service on Horton St. 519-432-8687. You should be able to pick them up same day! I deal with them through work all the time.
 
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I think 7/16" is most common...? Should be good to go with something like that, I think 1/2" would be a little overkill. Give them a call tomorrow, they'll be able to tell you!
 
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i forget what mine are but i know there grade 8 and cost 60 for 4 with bolts and washers
 
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Originally Posted by FULLSCALE View Post
Call Harry's Spring Service on Horton St. 519-432-8687. You should be able to pick them up same day! I deal with them through work all the time.
i will do, my boss at work actually reccomended them because we do some jobs for their company lol.
 
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That works... who do you work for?
 
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I think 7/16" is most common...? Should be good to go with something like that, I think 1/2" would be a little overkill. Give them a call tomorrow, they'll be able to tell you!
i went to 'Offroad Addiction' here in london and Ryan told me that the minimum i wanted to use was a 5/8" rod! i thought that was a bit extreme for the d30 lol.. my rear ubolts are under 1/2", but not far off. im thinking 1/2" all round would be a good comfortable size, ill just redrill the plates for the slightly larger diameter and have all the same bolt for each corner.

im at C.D. Enterprises, a local machine shop in london

do you know if a guy named Terry is still over there? my boss referred me to talk to him first.
 
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I've been into Offroad Addiction a couple times and they weren't a whole lot of help with anything I was looking for. I guess they're more into Jeep stuff though.

I would imagine your bolts now are 7/16". Shouldn't have any issues going to 1/2" but I don't see a need for anything bigger!

Never heard of your machine shop, I worked at Carquest in London so we always just used our own on Wellington South.
 
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ya those guys are something else to deal with, but sometimes they have what i need. id like to go ahead and make my own bolts but we just aint set up to do all the little stuff properly, its such a small shop. for the little inconvienience it would be to get them made im sure its the better choice. i will go with the 1/2" for this application and keep them all a standard size..

thanks for all the info,
 
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i went to the spring shop after work today and gave Terry my measurements. within 15 minutes i walked out with all my new harware for the front and back axles. its all 1/2", grade 8 and should be as good quality as it gets. about $114 for a full set...
 
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Not bad at all, shouldn't have any issues with those!
 
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5/8" is the way to go for crawling, 1/2" is for the street...
 
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