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4/03/2003
21:55:27

Subject: My shock mounting bolt snapped
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Does anyone know what size the lower shock
mounting BOLT is?, mine snapped and my shock
is just hanging there doing absolutely
nothing, so I need to replace the lower shock
mounting bolt but I don`t know what size it is.
I really need to know, help!! help! help!.
BTW: This would be for the lower right front
shock.
thanks

MIKE
1999 CC 4x4 Sport
mildly modified 3.9L V-6


chaximus
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4/05/2003
04:07:33

RE: My shock mounting bolt snapped
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There should be two shock mount bolts for each arm if im correct. Simply take the ones u have left on there off and just go to a shop and ask for a replacement. that's what i do..doesn't hurt to drive without shocks.



jaggy
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4/07/2003
16:11:55

RE: My shock mounting bolt snapped
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I have broken mine about 3 times now. always passenger side. the stock bolts are pot metal crap.
take the remaining portion of the bolt in and match the diamater and thread.
it doesn't matter if the bolt is threaded all the way up or not.
the bolt needs to be about 3 inches long.
hope this helps.
I don't know the exact demensions of the bolt. that is how I have done it.



slopehead
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4/07/2003
20:53:23

RE: My shock mounting bolt snapped
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jaggy, pot metal is generally an alloy of app.97% zinc and I can garruntee that the shock bolts are not made of that. Chances are that once the original bolt broke, the face where the shoulder just behind the threads on the bolt are damaged the locating face ever so slightly, but just enough that the replacement bolt cannot be properly seated, which will cause the bolt to snap much easier. Next time you need to replace the bolt hopefully it will not happen again, but if you must, carefully inspect the mating surface on the axel assembly and make sure the surface is burr free. It can be slightly pitted but can not have anything at all sticking out. I have had the same problem with my kid's mini van and been back to the shop where they had the shocks put on 4 times putting a new bolt in on one position, I finally went along with the kid and insisted on inspecting the mating surface, found it all meesd up, went to may bussiness and got a few tools and properly cleaned the face on the axel assembly, 12,000 or so miles later it is still good. Before I did that the bolt did not last for more then 2,500 miles.



oats
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4/14/2003
19:56:47

RE: My shock mounting bolt snapped
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my left side bolt broke on my 96 dak. im 20 and usually spend money on other thing then my truck. it may not be a good idea but after trying for hours to get to remainder of the bolt out that was still let i drilled the hole out to 1/2 and went to home depot and bought a bolt, nut and lock washer and reattached it with that. hasnt broke again yet.



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4/14/2003
20:21:29

RE: My shock mounting bolt snapped
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put a fender washer on it.



william mann
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3/21/2020
19:41:17

RE: My shock mounting bolt snapped
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happened on the GF rig. 2001 Dakota. Most of
the posts are pretty ok, however, I have dealt
with this in the past with other vehicles,
especially the ones I offroad with. If you have
to drill it out, be sure to go to a bolt or
specialty screw shop to obtain a minimum GRADE
8 or 9 replacement. You will likely have to use
a nut, I suggest a nylock. Never had issues
with them working free, but any bolt you pick
up off the rack is likely got a lot more alloy
in it and isnt case hardened. You can drive
without the shocks but its a bit more sloshy
and the steering suffers a bit.



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