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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 17:57    Post subject: Different sized U-bolts Reply with quote

Hi everybody,

has anyone else noticed different length U-bolts on the front axle of their Samurai?
The drivers side are long, leaving quite a bit of thread exposed, whilst the passenger side has shorter ones with very little thread left showing.

A mate told me he had longer bolts one side, so I looked at mine and found I have too! Has anybody any idea why this is?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 19:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

the spring perches on the front axle are positioned further inboard than the rear axle. the reason for this is the steering knuckles.

because of this the driverside front spring perch is pretty much on the diff, where the axle tube widens, as its wider you need longer u-bolts. also, the inner diameter of the u-bolt is greater.

hope this helps  Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 19:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

deathbus wrote:
the spring perches on the front axle are positioned further inboard than the rear axle. the reason for this is the steering knuckles.

because of this the driverside front spring perch is pretty much on the diff, where the axle tube widens, as its wider you need longer u-bolts. also, the inner diameter of the u-bolt is greater.

hope this helps  Wink


That was a very definitive explanation, I'm impressed  Smile

Thanks for enlightening me, I need to know these things or else be bothered forever. I would have ended up taking things apart in search of the reason.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 15:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

i try my best to be as clear as possible  Laughing

glad it helped ya  Wink
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