Take two on radius arm bolts

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Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #1 by brandoncw » Mon May 07, 2018 2:05 am

So i am completely rebuilding my 94 4x4 ttb front axle. Everything is getting replaced or repaired. Its gonna get steel shot blasted and powder coated black. I have some badly rusted bolts that hold the radius arm to the axle itself and I for the life of me cannot find the replacement bolts. Any help in finding them is appreciated.
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #2 by brandoncw » Mon May 07, 2018 2:05 pm

"Breaking" News. With a big a** breaker bar a 4 ft cheater, and a torch. The bolts broke loose. Thats further than i was ever able to get at my first attempt. Im thinking about buying two grade 8 bolts that fit into the axle buy two more that fit the coil spring retainer nut and cut the head off it, then weld it to the headof the bolt for the axle. Thoughts?

Update, ive got it stripped to basically just the differential and the ball joints. I have not yet figured out how to remove them, and cant hardly tell what is ball joint and what it the axle....
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #3 by mustang6 » Tue May 08, 2018 2:24 am

Not sure why you wouldn't buy these new from Ford (except they are expensive!), I don't think I'd trust my front suspension to two bolts welded together....
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #4 by brandoncw » Tue May 08, 2018 8:05 am

mustang6 wrote:Not sure why you wouldn't buy these new from Ford (except they are expensive!), I don't think I'd trust my front suspension to two bolts welded together....

The stud on top of the bolt doesnt take a heavy load, it just keeps the coil from falling out. And the last time i went to the ford dealer the had discontinued parts for my truck
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #5 by Wesman07 » Tue May 08, 2018 8:28 am

James duff used to make a lot of part for ford front ends. Give them a shot. There is also Bronco graveyard
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #6 by brandoncw » Tue May 08, 2018 2:42 pm

Wesman07 wrote:James duff used to make a lot of part for ford front ends. Give them a shot. There is also Bronco graveyard

James doesnt have them, ill give the local salvage yard a call to see if he has any old 4x4 fords laying around. A torch really helped loosen them bolt up so hopfully i can find some in decent shape
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #7 by brandoncw » Tue May 08, 2018 2:46 pm

Wesman07 wrote:James duff used to make a lot of part for ford front ends. Give them a shot. There is also Bronco graveyard

James doesnt have them, ill give the local salvage yard a call to see if he has any old 4x4 fords laying around. A torch really helped loosen them bolt up so hopfully i can find some in decent shape

Worst case scenario, i could have Fastenal make a couple
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #8 by bubba22349 » Tue May 08, 2018 3:05 pm

Out of curiosity what's wrong with the originals? They don't look all that bad that a good clean up and chase of the threads should refurbish them enough to reuse. Good luck :thumbup: :nod: :thumbup:
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Re: Take two on radius arm bolts

Post #9 by brandoncw » Tue May 08, 2018 5:20 pm

bubba22349 wrote:Out of curiosity what's wrong with the originals? They don't look all that bad that a good clean up and chase of the threads should refurbish them enough to reuse. Good luck :thumbup: :nod: :thumbup:


mine rusted out nearly in two, towards the bottom of the top part of the studs ( kinda confusing wording I know) and werent very recognizable, the pic shown is a screenshot of a youtube video


I put a couple parts in the blaster, and I tell you what, they don't even look like the same part anymore. turns out I have 30 degree cambers in there, all that was covered in so much rust I couldn't tell what was camber and what was the axle if that tells you anything

Update: LMC trucks had the part. $18 and some change. So, i will not be rigging up some bolts or fighting with them at a salvage yard.
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